Gran Turismo is certainly enjoying a lot of mainstream media attention at the moment. First there was the surprising announcement of a Gran Turismo film adaptation in the works. Now comes news that a documentary is being produced on the series to celebrate its 15th anniversary.
Titled "KAZ: Pushing the Virtual Divide," the film will focus on the incredible and influential achievements of GT's father figure Kazunori Yamauchi and his continual push for perfection. It's this drive and passion that made Gran Turismo the groundbreaking success story it is today, which also led to Kaz embarking on a racing career for Kaz and discovering new young talented drivers in the innovative GT Academy programme.
“This film is about drive. It’s about the passion and creative drive of Kazunori Yamauchi, the architect behind Gran Turismo’s birth and breath-taking fifteen-year evolution. This film will trace his relentless willingness to challenge himself, to hold none of his past achievements sacred, and push beyond the virtual divide in his pursuit of perfection." an announcement on the PlayStation Blog read.
"Through the support of PlayStation, Kaz’s journey has forever changed the gaming and automotive landscape and in doing so, has redefined how we perceive the relationship between art, entertainment and culture”
Kaz presented the first trailer for the forthcoming film during the Jalopnik Film Festival at the Classic Car Club Manhattan in New York:
Directed by Tamir Moscovici, whose previous work includes Urban Outlaw, a documentary short on Porsche customiser Magnus Walker who turned his hobby into an obsession (sound familiar?), no release date has currently been slated for KAZ: Pushing the Virtual Divide. When questioned, Moscovici simply stated it's "up to Sony" – expect it to coincide with the release of the gargantuan Gran Trismo 6 this December, then.