A Grand Theft Auto movie was in the cards for Rockstar Games at one point, but it dismissed what could have been one of the most interesting video game adaptations. For years, fans have wondered if Rockstar Games would ever make a Grand Theft Auto movie or TV series given that so many other franchises are going that route. GTA is already a very cinematic series that draws inspiration from some of the most iconic crime and action films ever produced, such as Heat. However, Rockstar Games doesn’t seem interested in it for several reasons. First, you’d just be remaking the movies that inspired the games. Second, Rockstar probably doesn’t want to give up creative control of its biggest moneymaker to a Hollywood studio. And third, Grand Theft Auto strives because it’s an open-world playground that puts you in control of the chaos. However, it was considered at one point.
According to Kirk Ewing, the mind behind Rockstar’s Emergency state and friend of studio co-founders Sam and Dan Houser, a GTA movie was about to happen. Ewing told the BBC podcast Bugzy Malone’s Greatest Game that the success of Auto grand theft 3 had Rockstar considering a film adaptation and that they were approached by a producer in Los Angeles to make it a reality. The film would have featured rapper Eminem fresh off of 8 miles and was directed by the legendary Tony Scott who made movies like Superior gun. Needless to say, that would have been backed by some pretty talented names, however, the Housers turned it down. As far as Ewing knows, they never came up with the idea of a Grand Theft Auto movie after that, realizing the games would be bigger than any movie.
Given Grand Theft Auto V has sold over 170 million copies and is the second best-selling game of all time, that’s probably a correct assumption. The developer is already hard at work on the next Grand Theft Autothough it’s unclear when we might see it. A leak for the game revealed hours of in-development footagebut the developer claimed it wouldn’t cause significant setbacks to development.
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