Rockstar caps Eminem/GTA movie reports

Last year, the film-industry press was abuzz with the false starts and (eventual) indefinite suspension of the film adaptation of Halo. Now, according to Hollywood trade Variety, another top-tier game franchise, Grand Theft Auto, was itself being quietly readied for the big screen at the same...

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Last year, the film-industry press was abuzz with the false starts and (eventual) indefinite suspension of the film adaptation of Halo. Now, according to Hollywood trade Variety, another top-tier game franchise, Grand Theft Auto, was itself being quietly readied for the big screen at the same time--until the whole project unraveled.

A Monday post on Variety's newly established Cut Scene game blog claimed that Rockstar parent company Take-Two Interactive apparently was in advanced negotiations with an unnamed movie studio. The talks were so advanced, claims the trade, that Variety already had prewritten stories ready and rapper Eminem was being approached for the lead. However, like the Halo film, the GTA movie deal reportedly "fell apart...at the last minute."

[UPDATE] Since its posting on Monday, Variety's story aroused much interest in the game industry. Then, on Tuesday, it also elicited a denial from Rockstar North head Dan Houser, who told MTV News' Stephen Totilo that "Rockstar was not involved in this project in any way, shape or form."

"Some movie producers were trying to put something together to entice us to make a movie, as studios and production teams frequently have done in the past," Houser told MTV News. "This proposal was no more interesting than the numerous others we receive. We never entertained proceeding with the project."

So will there ever be a GTA movie? Not likely, says Houser. "It is not something we are currently interested in," was his blunt assessment.

Discussion

242 comments
Dagamemonkey
Dagamemonkey

NO! Don't EVER do a GTA movie! Don't muck with another game.

lino96
lino96

good thing it probably would'nt make a good movie anyway. Video game based movies never turn out good but Eminem is a very good rapper and probably would have don a good job.

jamesknoxpolk
jamesknoxpolk

eminem is awesome the should have done it!!!!!!!

MrOfficerDonut
MrOfficerDonut

I dont understand this what the hell does eminem have to do with this?

Canada-Man
Canada-Man

I would have been like watching someone else play GTA ( probably horribly when u look at the history games 2 movies (they dont turnout well)). while we sit there and get p-o'd because its not what we would have done with the freedom of GTA IV. I think it wouldnt turn out well, and would tarnish GTA's good rep of quality.

chief_fargo
chief_fargo

Why would you make a GTA movie in the first place when GTAs entire storyline, or storylines, were based on past movies that are much better than any movie that has come out in the past 10 years. I recently saw Repo Man on the free movies section of comcast on demand. It made me want to play some GTA again, and now im definately getting GTA IV the second it gets released. GTA is too good for hollywood, it takes their ideas and makes them better.

Twisted14
Twisted14

I don't think there is a need for a movie. The games are cinematic enough.

gynotikolobomas
gynotikolobomas

The GTA franchise is already a homage to great movies in existence. GTA3 = Godfather meets The Casino. Vice City was Scarface through and through. San Andreas was grateful to Paid in Full and Natural Born Killaz! Making a GTA movie would be an homage to a game that is homage to various movies! Downright ridiculous! Besides, it would have flopped, as most game-based movies do. Still waiting for GTAIV :(

Nintendus21
Nintendus21

Well, I wouldn't want the series to mess up, so thank God for no movie, but Eminem wouldn't be bad, he did well in 8 Mile. And he's a great rapper, much more talented than Soulja Boy Tell 'Em.

CCyberDDemon
CCyberDDemon

yeeah. thanks to god, we will not have gta on the big screen... it will ruin GTA's reputation just like L.A. did to all others games (...little exception for tombraider)

Devbinks
Devbinks

Eminem!? Thank god things didn't work out. He, alone would have ruined it for me x_x

coolguy6127
coolguy6127

They are probably gonna make a movie tying up loose-ends after the events of GTA Vice City, but making it like a god father movie, having three parts.

Fantact
Fantact

Actually there kinda was a GTA Movie, the Intro/cut-scene thingie from GTA 2, you can find it on youtube

jaza1200
jaza1200

And eminem aint italian, WHAT IS UP WITH THAT.

jaza1200
jaza1200

Why would they make a movie, thats just wrong.

Red83
Red83

Thank god!! Hitman movie where more than enough for me total crap!!!

generalbigmac
generalbigmac

to bad its eminem as the lead in the movie it will ruin the movie and probably end up ruining the game for a lot of people

supahmario
supahmario

The problem I see with video game to movie adaptations, these days, is that the majority of those films weren't either well scripted, properly planned, directed by uwe "bowels", rushed to coincide with film release date, or all of the above. In short, film makers just see a possible way to make a quick buck than actually seeing a potential "classic". GTA, like bloodrayne..alone in the dark..house of the dead and etc. are memorable games, even classics. Their storylines, I feel, are ever bit as good as the films we see coming out of hollywood...some (videogames), sadly, are way better than others. The point i'm driving at here is GTA, HOD, BloodRayne, Super Mario Bros., etc. deserve their chance on the silverscreen. GTA CAN make a great movie, but we need the following in order for it to become a great movie: time and patience needed in order to make a good script, a director that could capture the essence of GTA (that thing we all know and love) and adapt it well on the silverscreen, find actors/actresses that fits the look and feel of GTA...I don't give a care if they have to find indie actors, do not stray away from the GTA formula, keep in mind that big budget doesn't necessarily make great films and to low a one might not do the film justice, etc... All of that being said i'm a glad the deal fell through, for now, because maybe this will give Rockstar and whoever the chance to review our comments and take in consideration that we are the people they're making the film for. WE are the ones who even much gave the GTA a try instead of leaving it on the shelves and fell in love with the series, even though it can be repetitive. So, we the gamers should be first and foremost on their minds when it comes to creating a GTA movie..."how can we please our fans?"...the rest will fall in place. IF the movie meets our expectations...I GUARANTEE IT WILL BE AN OFFICE BOX HIT (may even be bigger than TRANSFORMERS)!!!

BDL91
BDL91

lol if u made a vice city movie if would just be scarface re-made

Del_The_Prophet
Del_The_Prophet

GTA wouldn't work as a movie. It would be lame. It would be like 100 anti-hero, ghetto movies made during the 90's. Please, don't make this ever happen.

rpgisforme
rpgisforme

okay I think everyone has lost sight of one thing. Historically games have not made good movies, .. granted. BUT! Who cares? So they make another game into a movie and it flops, WHO CARES? Ya don't like it then don't go see it. It's not going to harm the game any. People are still gonna know and love GTA games for what they are. So who cares if it gets made or not, or who plays the leading role. It's not like a bad movie interpretation suddenly makes all the games suck!

shortys1803
shortys1803

If they ever do a movie they better take their time and make it good i would hate to hate gta

Arnoco
Arnoco

I think vice city would be a good movie

prioritymail
prioritymail

Eminem playing an Italian!? It already sounds iffy...

bigraydog07
bigraydog07

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MSG-Deathscythe
MSG-Deathscythe

eminem? why not get uwe boll to direct too for the ultimate slaughter of another game franchise.

les_pinner-3
les_pinner-3

There has already been a GTA movie and that came out while Happy Days was out, cause the guy with the ginger hair from Happy Days was in it. So I dont think there will be a GTA movie until GTA IV comes out, then some movie productions will start planning to film one. Keep on gaming folks!

charlie5957
charlie5957

I think the movie is a bad idea and probably shoudn't be made. Eminem is probably not the best decision to make as the actor because he really doesn't remind me of Niko for one. To all the people who think Eminem has no talent are clearly blind. He did a good job in 8 mile and is a really good rapper. Fabolous is still my favourite rapper though. Eminem second

freakyl-
freakyl-

We all know, it probably would have managed to disappoint us in some way or another. And Eminem as the lead, what were they thinking?

BigSmitts07
BigSmitts07

i dont even see how they could make GTA into a movie...at least a realsitic one...i feel that GTA is just 1 of those games that doesnt have the story or mojo fo be anything more then an elite video game...no halo or mass effect on the other hand....

parry2323
parry2323

Would've sucked like the Hitman movie.

GTAmadmaster73
GTAmadmaster73

lame the IV wouldve been good story line, but not good on screen.

bertm1975
bertm1975

I wouldn't want a GTA movie. Movie execs would simply ruin it by appealing to various groups, adding a comedic sidekick, a love interest, and make the main character more of an anti-hero than a criminal. And they would try to make it PG-13 to appeal to the teen audience. I could see a GTA TV series, maybe on FX , HBO, or Showtime. It would allow time for the characters to develop, and after a show like The Shield, I think FX could really pull it off

Cablestein
Cablestein

I think a GTA movie would work, and Eminem would do a great job in it.

XXMadManVII
XXMadManVII

We should be thankful that another crappy video game movie will not be made. Hollywood needs to stop trying to cash in on the video game industry's success.

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

Dude, stop with naming the action movie stars. You could easily make a GTA film...I mean, it would just be a gangster film basically. All you would have to do is have the satirical sense of humor and as long as it would feel like the game, there wouldn't be a problem. I mean, it would just be a gangster film. :P

lionheartssj1
lionheartssj1

Come on you guys!! If we can Uwe Boll on board.....imagine the possibilities!!.......so....awesome But seriously.........I almost did a facepalm, this is such a stupid idea.

Petri87
Petri87

well i cant blame anyone for not being interrested in a game to movie.... movie but i think Eminem would have been perfect for a GTA lead role. He was pretty good in 8 miles, although the movie wasnt all that great

Sparky2002
Sparky2002

GTA AS A MOVIE IS JUST WRONG, ALL FUN & GAMES WHEN ITS GAME WORLD BUT TO IMMORTALISE SUCH VIOLENCE & ANARCHY IS JUST WRONG PLAN WRONG............

acidetched
acidetched

A movie would be cool, but if they do it, it HAS to be true to the source material; that means, while its incredibly bloody and full of violence, its tempered with the tongue-in-cheek humor that GTA is known for. I'd rather not see any big name actors- I feel it will take away from the source material.

DonAntono
DonAntono

haha... could almost see the movie before my eyes=P.. a guy running around with many guns, shooting every person he sees x) thank god the movie fell apart^^

xTheExploited
xTheExploited

A film about GTA would be one of the most generic movies ever. There must be hundreds of films about the sort of stuff that happens in GTA. GTA movie not good, GTA game great, plus the GTA stories are nothing special just alright, the gameplay is the moneymaker.

AnimeNewtype
AnimeNewtype

First off, the GTA story has already been used in countless films. It's just a generic story about a guy who commits crimes for his own agenda. There's tons of movies already like that. Also, Eminem sucks at everything he does. Unless he's doing some gangster film about smoking weed and having sex with hookers, since that's all he really does. I'm glad they're not making this film. It would just give the politicians something else to whine about.

FrankenLife
FrankenLife

It think it is funny that everyone who liked eminem or vin diesel got hit with lots of negatives. I agree that there shouldn't be a GTA movie. Goodfellas is an awesome movie of a nobody rising to power in the mob. How could they possibly make anything better than Goodfellas?