Kurt Sutter wants Rockstar to make Sons of Anarchy game

Show creator acknowledges process would be expensive and complicated, but wants Grand Theft Auto studio to help bring stalled biker drama game to market.

Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter not only wants a console game based on his television show to be made, but he wants Rockstar Games to develop it. Writing on Twitter today, Sutter sought the help of the Grand Theft Auto publisher to bring a game based on the FX biker drama to market, but not without acknowledging the project would likely to face an uphill battle.

This is not the first time Sutter has lamented the difficulty of making a console game in today's market. In August, Sutter stated his ambition for the Sons of Anarchy game was to make an experience fans would appreciate, and noted this would not come easy.

"[Games have a] huge upfront cost. Games are in decline," he said at the time. "It's very risky. As a gamer, it's my responsibility to deliver a great game. Not some 1/2 promotional piece of sh*t like [Game of Thrones]. To do that means time/$$$."

In August, Sutter said the Sons of Anarchy game was stalled and may never get made. A major publisher reportedly dismissed the project, with Sutter claiming the game was not a priority for Sons of Anarchy television network FX.

This was in stark contrast from how Sutter felt in May. At the time, he said, "Had a great meeting with a big distributor yesterday. Myself and everyone at FX and Fox is committed to making this happen."

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MrSlimyScrotum
MrSlimyScrotum

Before Rockstar start this I think they should make agent first. 

theslovakian38
theslovakian38

i bet they played the lost DLC and liked how they did it

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

Given how good Lost & Damned was, R* would clearly be a great fit for this - but they are a really tightly knit outfit and it may not just be a question of money, but also resource. By the time they could get a product out there they would be truly happy putting their name on, it could be a very "last-gen" sort of effort so to speak. Not saying it wouldn't be great to those of us who wouldn't care, a great game is a great game, but i'm just thinking of the many reasons R* have probably listed as to why they may not be able to do it. I vote Kurt pays some people to do a decent mod to GTA IV, that would be the best route.

NTM23
NTM23

I don't care for that show, so it's a little awkward to see since I love Rockstar's games, but don't care for the show, yet I still find this very cool.

LakeView9480
LakeView9480

Huge fan of SoA. I could definitely see it done right as a GTA style game. Kickstarter might be a good option to help with some of the cost.

grasshopper6
grasshopper6

if rockstar makes it than you know it would be good 

tourgen
tourgen

the show is kind of bland.  I don't think a game would be all that fun.

teethofthesea
teethofthesea

R* should do what they want and everybody else should leave them alone to get on with shit.

 

Minasodrom
Minasodrom

this is one of the few series where i can imagine a good video game being made of. could be just playing in the same universe as an other chapter and with rockstar behand the project it could only be a hit. what would worry me would be rockstar working with wacko kurt sutter though. his "artistic vision" would either destroy the game or make it a stroke of genious.

deliman
deliman

Ehm...Lost and Damned, anyone?

YIGIF
YIGIF

Naw, no thank you, it's not like it wouldn't be great game and all, Rockstar Games has some of the best talent under it's umbrella, but it's not necessary. They already have people talented enough to create a title solely on The Lost MC or Angels of Death MC, who mind you are derived from the same source materials as the Sons of Anarchy.

 

No, what he should've said was "@RockstarGames How can we bring our Sons into your GTA Universe. Expensive/Complicated, maybe. Worthwhile, with ears open, our fans will tell. Let's chat sometime, bring our best together in one creative space."

 

On the flip side, there's a 80's nostalgia movie that incorporated some qualities that many gamers would really be shocked and thrilled by, that would incorporate the promising qualities of Manhunt and The Warriors on RAGE and Euphoria.

 

I think the main character's name was SNAKE.

riff_farmer
riff_farmer

A Rockstar developed SOA game would be better than the show itself.  Go figure.

Saintofwar
Saintofwar

Oh you WANT a SOA game? why not make a game based off the office while we're at it? lol

shado_kat
shado_kat

not everything needs to be made into a video game.

 

Games are best enjoyed as games and movies are best enjoyed as movies. When they start to cross over things just get muddy

Master_Turismo
Master_Turismo

Hey if they can do The Warriors they could probably do Sons of Anarchy. Though Rockstar already has a biker story not too long ago.

ImpliedBunny
ImpliedBunny

They did this already.  It was call The Lost and Damned.  pretty fun.

OHGFawx
OHGFawx

I want to see the rumored prequel season, "SoA: The First 9" way before I'd want to see this happen. Even with Rockstar's impeccable reputation, how would they do this without undermining their own product (The Lost and Damned)? For all we know they have similar content planned as GTA 5 DLC. On top of that you're assuming that most SoA fans are gamers (and I'm banking that they are not). This reeks of a poor investment choice in my opinion. You're talking about shifting a product to a medium where its target audience is not nearly as prevalent (Harley fanatics & females who watch to drool over Jax being the main two for my argument).

crazycat690
crazycat690

Well I haven't seen the show myself, but when I was playing Gta4 The Lost and the Damned and my brother saw it he said it reminded him of the show. So hey, maybe they would be a great fit, it was a fun expansion so a full game that is similar? Yes please.

modernsocks
modernsocks

Oh, god, can't you just be satisfied with Grand Theft Auto? You get to commit all the same crimes but without the worry of translating TV to video game without it going as horribly wrong as it has every other time this has been done. Originality is appreciated more than milking a series for more than it's worth. Really, what would Rockstar do with this that they didn't do with Lost and Damned?

Atheosis
Atheosis

I can certainly see some potential in the concept, but like most licensed products derived from TV and movies it would almost certainly suck.

DarthLod
DarthLod

Because every TV show and movie needs a game right? No.

Robertle419
Robertle419

I believe it will be successful because they did a good job with the Warriors which was movie before they made it into a game 

crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

That actually would be awesome if they just took Lost & The Damned, reuse San Andreas locales (which had a lot of the similar landscapes as the show), and made a SOA game. Not an actual GTA spinoff or anything, just that instead of these non-GTA sandbox games they make once in a while. Although I really would be bummed if the turn came up for a Bully 2 or Red Dead Redemption 2 and they did a TV show game instead.

Hershawitz
Hershawitz

Want in one hand and shit in the other and see which one gets fullest.

emauslol
emauslol

Sons of Anarchy is a tripe TV show that has none of the bearing or impact of its creator's predecessor, The Shield. Why would anyone want to make a game about faux-bikies?

 

Anyone from ANZ/UK will instantly recognize it as Neighbours on Bikes. Would you like to play Neighbours on Bikes? No. Nobody would. Kurt Sutter needs to stop riding the coattails of his previous success and face the fact that Sons of Anarchy is puerile, contrived and totally unrealistic.

 

So I reiterate: Why would anyone want to play a game based on that?

 

 

Gary_Stanton
Gary_Stanton

If Kurt Sutter puts up the money, and Rockstar wants to use the GTA4/TL&D engine, why not. Of course it must have two things: 

1: ALL the actors doing their voices, no sound alikes. No Nolan North, I want Charlie Hunnam. No Jennifer Hale, I want Katey Sagal. And of course Ron Perlman has done a ton of games over the years.

 

2: It has to take place between seasons 4 and 5, at a time when a "certain character" is still alive...

Formula_50
Formula_50

I'm keeping my fingers crossed. This is the best show I've seen since The Shield which Kurt Sutter was also attached to.

davedrastic
davedrastic

Of course Sutter would want Rockstar to make their game, who wouldn't.

 

I watch SoA, but it's pretty ridiculous, pretty over gruesome too. I think it was exciting at first, especially with the relationship between Jacks and Hellboy, but it's getting silly now.

 

They all hate each other, they're all willing to kill in extremely gruesome ways, they're all back stabbing murderers, they're all scum. I don't see how we can continue to be surprised or continue to care that much.

 

Next episode:- you'll see Jacks being tender, then being violent, and he'll do some shouting. We'll hear "Pope" mentioned 20 times. Hellboy will do something evil. Hellboys wife will do something callous. One, or two, of the Sons will get killed and will be forgotten about by the next episode. A secret will be made, a secret will be broken. This series it seems there has to be a car chase, or shoot out sequence, lots of bang bang A Team style. Kill rate and gruesomeness seems to have gone up a notch or two too.

UnaSolida
UnaSolida

That would be....interesting.

CincoToes
CincoToes

I'd rather see a game, or anything really, based on The Wire.

RVP_182
RVP_182

As always, kurt knows his stuff. Sadly though, i don't think i want to see an SOA game. There's just too much potential for screwing too many things up.

OneSamTwoCups
OneSamTwoCups

and then they can do Breaking Bad and Dexter.

tightwad34
tightwad34

 @deliman

 Good thing I read some of the comments first, because that is pretty much exactly what I was going to say.

PS2fweak
PS2fweak

 @modernsocks The reason so many of those projects don't work out is because they are handled by crappy developers. And anyways, they go horribly wrong for gamers, but not for business. Those projects are only about making money and they always do, because so little is invested in them. But as you can see, this isn't just about business. The show's creator is clearly a fan of what Rockstar does.

 

And what's wrong with more Lost and Damned?

flammable_zeus
flammable_zeus

 @modernsocks They could move away from the GTA cities for once. Seriously, I'm amazed that they STILL keep doing Liberty City, Vice City and San Andreas. Same damn three cities since the very first game.

crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

 @Gary_Stanton A prequel would be kinda cool. Like when Jax first gets into the club, leading up to maybe Opie going to jail, since the series started when he was fresh out.

Moloch121
Moloch121

 @CincoToesI think a game based on The Wire would require writers of a higher caliber. Chris Avellone of Obsidian has expressed interest in such a title and Chris has to be one of the best writers in the industry.

 

blakeney
blakeney

 @Jestersmiles TLaD + The Warriors and R* could really make something of this imo.... After playing TLaD i said R* should do a whole game like it.

modernsocks
modernsocks

 @PS2fweak More Lost and Damned isn't a bad thing, really, I'd just prefer something new, something different. I can't imagine a Sons of Anarchy game being anything more than Lost and Damned with Sons of Anarchy characters, which doesn't excite me much, but I can't say I'm such a fan of the show that I'd want a video game for it.

modernsocks
modernsocks

 @flammable_zeus Yes. I've been wishing they'd make a GTA in an entirely new city, but I can't complain much because they've done a good job recreating some wonderful cities. At this point I'm mostly interested in what Rockstar does outside of the GTA universe.

CincoToes
CincoToes

 @Moloch121 You're definitely right about that. It'd be awesome if David Simon would write or consult for it. Sigh, maybe in video game heaven

 

modernsocks
modernsocks

 @eriktkire  @flammable_zeus There's definitely plenty of potential they can work with. I assume the only reason they don't, or haven't yet, is due either to so many people wanting remakes of the previous games or to gradually get to new cities while first building a story with Liberty City, San Andreas, and I'd say it's a safe bet that the next game will be Vice City.

eriktkire
eriktkire

 @modernsocks  @flammable_zeus Like Carser City or whatever that place was in Manhunt.

 

Or why not visit that Australian/American war they've mentioned so many times on the radios in each game.

 

Still within the R* universe while fitting the bill of genuinely new content.

emauslol
emauslol

 @CincoToes  @Moloch121 The David Simon of the Wire, not the David Simon of Treme. I am in total agreement with you here.

 

Imagine The Wire, The Game, written by Simon and produced by the team that did Fallouts 1 & 2. Creamworthy.