Rockstar Pretty Much Kiboshes The Idea Of GTA Film

Speaking of movies, forget about seeing one based on Grand Theft Auto. The Los Angeles Times, examining Ubisoft's and Microsoft's entries into filmmaking, went asking why Rockstar hasn't thought of the same thing.

Turns out they have, and they didn't like the mental image. Says Dan Houser, the Rockstar vice president:

We don't believe that the Grand Theft Auto games, which are massive in scope and structurally complex, can be adequately compressed into a two-hour movie, It seems obvious to us that maintaining the long-term integrity of any entertainment property has been dependent on not making substandard spin-off products to people whose primary interest is making a quick buck. If we ever decide to do a film, it will be because we have resolved our creative doubts, and while retaining enough control to ensure that if the movie is terrible, at least we will know we ruined the property ourselves.

While that doesn't mean never-ever-never will they do a GTA movie, it does mean that you shouldn't expect one while the franchise is still producing games, thriving creatively, and a leading brand in its space - which is when third parties would be looking to make a fast buck. It sounds like the Housers would do a deal only at the end of the franchise's lifespan, when a bomb couldn't harm anything other than people's memory of the game.

Video Game Publishers Microsoft, Ubisoft Invading Hollywood's Turf [Los Angeles Times via GTA4.net, thanks Roy.]


Comments

    And this is why I love Rockstars. They don't produce shit games, and it's obvious how much they love their properties.

    This good news, I love GTA games, however they sample plot lines from some of the best gangster movies ever made. I wonder sometimes how they haven't been sued. Movie making is best left to the professionals.

    A GTA game will never work.

    The main storyline in games like Vice City (which would probably be the best game to produce) wouldn't do the series justice. There is more to just the main storyline.

    So it would never work, especially a game like San Andreas. I know a lot of video game movies aren't produced IN PAR with the video game and the plot itself, but IMO it just wouldn't work.

    GTA is about killing random people on the street, going on rampages, explosions here and there, 6 star wanted level but you still survive.

    As awesome as a gta film will be, no thankyou.

      "GTA is about killing random people on the street, going on rampages, explosions here and there, 6 star wanted level but you still survive."
      Prior to GTA4 maybe.

        GTA movie - correction.

        Last time i played GTA 4 you could go on rampages, attatin a 6 star wanted level, kill random people, make big explosions & still survive. So i think GTA 4 is about that also. But Rockstar also settled with the, realistic deep plot direction also.

    Didn't they already make a GTA movie and call it Crank?

    Lol the only GTA game i can see being transformed into a movie is san andreas, but then again, how many corrupt cop (training day)/bank robbery (ocean's 11)/drug dealer/explosive LA flood canal (terminator) movies are there.

    There is pretty much nothing in GTA that you could base a movie on - and if there was, it's already been made! That's the nature of a sandbox-style, open world game.

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