Rockstar Films ready for a close-up?

Take-Two trademark sparks speculation of a jump to Hollywood for publisher behind Grand Theft Auto, Red Dead Redemption.

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Source: A US trademark filing reported on by SystemLink under the headline "Take-Two file 'Rockstar Films' trademark, might produce a GTA movie."

What we heard: SystemLink's report starts out by mentioning that Take-Two filed for the trademark on the phrase "Rockstar Films" for use in animated and live-action motion pictures and related media last December, which is true. What the report doesn't mention is that the publisher filed for a very similar Rockstar Films trademark in January of 2004. It also doesn't mention that both trademarks note they've already been used commercially. The two listings share October 19, 2010, as a first commercial use, and the earlier trademark also notes May 15, 2010, as a first commercial use of "Rockstar Films" in the area of "entertainment services in the nature of a live-action and/or animated television program series."

While the dates don't line up exactly, they do immediately precede major Rockstar releases. Last year, Red Dead Redemption launched in the US on May 18, while October 26 saw the launch of the Undead Nightmare add-on, as well as Grand Theft Auto IV: The Complete Edition.

Don't camp out for tickets to a GTA film just yet.

Next, the SystemLink story brings up the existence of a New York-based Rockstar Films LLC, but quickly concedes it is apparently unrelated. Following that detour, the article points to a pair of Take-Two-owned URLs for RockstarFilms.com and RockstarFilms.net, but omits the fact that the sites were originally registered in March of 1999.

The final piece of evidence given in support of the speculative GTA movie comes from an April interview with Rockstar's Dan Houser about L.A. Noire, in which the studio's creative head said, "If we were to attempt to make a movie, we would like to make it ourselves, or at least work in collaboration with the best talent, so at least if it is bad, we can know we failed on our own terms." That could be seen as a tease of a Rockstar Films feature (though there's not even an implication of it being Grand Theft Auto), or it could be viewed as another phrasing of something Houser has been saying for years. As Houser told the Los Angeles Times in 2009, "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."

The official word: Neither Rockstar nor the apparently unrelated Rockstar Films, LLC had returned GameSpot's request for comment as of press time.

Bogus or not bogus: Not bogus that Take-Two filed a trademark for "Rockstar Films." Bogus that this is some indication of an imminent jump into film for Rockstar and the Grand Theft Auto franchise.

Discussion

113 comments
marty2004
marty2004

Red dead redemption would make a superb movie...

aaronfhff123
aaronfhff123

@badiie05 Hittman was terrible. the Cutscenes and campaign of the game Hittman Bloodmoney made a better movie than the actuall hittman movie.

CisQo5
CisQo5

A Grand Theft Auto movie would be hard to do, but I'm sure you could, but it would end up being a random action movie like many others. Red Dead movie, would be so sick, easily a good western.

NieKsasS
NieKsasS

Wouldn't approve for it. GTA is itself a very very immense interactive movie itself. Making a movie out of it will just spoil its best traits and make a linear flick, as many out there..

Germandude2
Germandude2

La Noire would make an amazing mini series...

holtrocks
holtrocks

@ronnet true but like you said there are to many of those already but RDR just has such a good storyline and great characters but one problem who could play Marston? ive been thinking about this maybe Christian Bale, Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber i think would be a great choice.

holtrocks
holtrocks

@ronnet true but like you said there are to many of those already but RDR just has such a good storyline and great characters but one problem who could play Marston? ive been thinking about this maybe Christian Bale, Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber i think would be a great choice.

ronnet
ronnet

@holtrocks, GTA has always had collorful characters and great dialogue and good storytelling. If anything the biggest problem with GTA is that they try and stretch it to a 40 hour game which has the main character running with gangbangers and later helping out the Mafia. A movie wouldn't have this problem because they've only got a 2-3 hour window to fill so they don't need to stretch it out. I think for this reason a GTA movie could work. Have it focus around one kind of criminal underworld, fill it with GTA characters and have a main character like Niko and it could be a good crime film. But I don't see the need for one, there are plenty of those already. So yes, a RDR movie would be better but GTA isn't unthinkable either.

holtrocks
holtrocks

A GTA movie would be retarded just a bunch of thugs running around but a RDR movie would be sick.

bigmikeOK
bigmikeOK

Hmm....that Super Mario movie was DECENT! Guess that is about as good as it gets with video game to movie adaptations.

Q-abs
Q-abs

Mostly the games are more "film" than the film itself..

Greyfox_au
Greyfox_au

In most cases (actually maybe all) it doesn't work. Yes street fighter with van dame is the perfect example. However the "animated" street fighter movie was good. I think maybe a movie in CGI or animation might work if the same voice actors of the game are used.

Johny_47
Johny_47

NO! leave the good games alone Hollywood, stop ruining good games just for a bit of money and come up with your own ideas. A great writer, director and actors could make it work very well especially if they use some sense and stay true to the games by keeping in touch with the developers of the games but that REALLY doesn't happen often. So I hope this doesn't happen.

Ox-Boy-Zii
Ox-Boy-Zii

i really dont see why they always get it so wrong just stick to the game story and stay true the the characters. Dragon ball Z film WTF!!!!

BobMarley1969
BobMarley1969

I have heard so many games that would make amazing movies. Uncharted, Bioshock, and now GTA. Sadly, none of them will probably ever become movies. It usually doesn't happen, or they screw them up so bad nobody watches them.

badiie05
badiie05

The only game to movie i enjoyed was hitman, thats it! they sorta ruined prince of persia for me and the many others i can list were so bad haha

Mechasmic
Mechasmic

Doesn't anyone remember Street Fighter? Jean Claude's sonic boom? Cracked out Blanka? Prince of Persia? When are they going to learn that this is a terrible idea. You can't please everyone. It's impossible to entertain the hardcore gamer that's been following said character for years, and soccer mom sittin two rows back.

Hm1911
Hm1911

@Ladiesman17 yeah you're right. I like king kong and the thing

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

@Hm1911 There are actually some pretty good movie-based games .......................................................................................................................... - Star Wars Knight Of The Old Republic. - Aliens Versus Predator II. - Peter Jackson's King Kong. - The Thing. - Star Trek Deep Space Nine The Fallen. - Alice ......................................................................................................................... But I do agree, Movies-based games or Games-based movies is a baaaaddddd ideaaa if they didn't do it right..... :(

Hermes33
Hermes33

@NeilCardiff [QUOTE="NeilCardiff"]I'm really glad I didn't go to your school. Are you Catholic by any chance?[/QUOTE]Well I was privately tutored before attending university so what school are we talking about? Driving school..? :D And no, I'm not Catholic sorry. My wife's side of the family is though, back in Sicily. Good people. Why do you ask?

Hm1911
Hm1911

@EdLazow Games to movies = OK Movies to games = NO and million NOs All games that were turned to movies are good; Hitman, Prince of Persia, etc. However, movies that are turned into games are extremely baaaaaaad; Pirates of the Caribbean, Matrix, the shield, etc.

Hm1911
Hm1911

I hope they would choose some gorgeous celebs for the film because I'm expecting it to contain some CLEAN elements ;)

EdLazow
EdLazow

NOOOOOOO!!! Please no more movies based on games. Just let games be games and movies be movies. Keep them separate. There is no need to combine the two.

bsnimunf
bsnimunf

They wouldnt risk the GTA brand on a movie. Movies are small bucks compared to games like GTA

ferretlord2177
ferretlord2177

i like how rockstar did the sanandreas prequel mini movie. i dont see a point in a live action gta movie but i guess movies might as well be directed and produced by the people who created and understand the game instead of some random director who only played a few minutes of the source material.

fourkillsStrong
fourkillsStrong

A Red Dead Movie would be a great story line to follow up on what jack will do after Red Dead Redemption...GTA...maybe not so much

eliebaz
eliebaz

If R* make a movie out of GTA it would be a great movie in my opinion but i won't be buying of their games again cause all movie games focus a lot on being like a movie when they don't realize people look for different experiences rather than the same thing with a bit of stupid add ons

keybladegamer
keybladegamer

I most certainly can imagine an La Noire TV series, maybe not a movie but at least a tv series... Though R* should just focus on their games. I'd rather experience one of their games instead of some mediocre movie.

SkamArtist
SkamArtist

I feel that A GTA movie would be great...if done correctly. I don't think Rockstar should do it. Of course they should have a large chunk of input. It would be good to be something like Crank. Not to be taken too seriously, and somewhat over the top.

isshiah
isshiah

i'd be glad to see a rockstar film. i really like the writing/characters in their games and if that transfers to the big screen, i'd buy a ticket.

Gruug
Gruug

I would love to see a film based upon Red Dead Redemption.

DCSchark
DCSchark

People would rather experience the awesomeness of R*'s games instead of just watching it on the big screen, doing nothing.

Bradley7777
Bradley7777

I also agree with @cman5678 just do what you do best. Ano it is good to experiment at times but thats a rarity in the games industry, and the film industry with no original ideas on the market lately

justoneguy
justoneguy

games from movies sucks, maybe movie from games be a good thing.

dybbuk
dybbuk

cman5678 is right. Stick with what you're good at, just go make some good games, not some chumpy 'B' movie

-HaloHitman-
-HaloHitman-

They should never make a movie based on video games, unless you have a good script, the right actors, director, and production team.

taino1128
taino1128

GTA games have great storylines with great action. My question is, how the hell are they going to manage to shorten a storyline that is over 20 hours down to about 3 hours or less for a movie?

cjf187x
cjf187x

@Mechasmic 999realthings posted this regarding Team Bondi: http://au.xbox360.ign.com/articles/117/1179020p1.html Not to mention this article on Gamespot: http://www.gamespot.com/news/6322180/rockstar-at-odds-with-team-bondi-report?tag=updates%3Beditor%3Ball%3Btitle%3B8 I don't think Rockstar needs to start making movies...but their relationship w/ Team Bondi failed bc Team Bondi is difficult to work with and treats their employees poorly...there are reasons why this wasn't a Sony exclusive.

gashoe13
gashoe13

Well, they've always been good at the whole cinematic gameplay type deal. It's about time. And a Red Dead Redemption movie adaptation would be fantastic in the right hands.

pizzamanopenup
pizzamanopenup

I'm not surprised. They've got the creative minds to seamlessly transition to film, and 80% of their games would make solid films as it is. Can't wait to see how this plays out.

Mechasmic
Mechasmic

Maybe if Rockstar wasn't worried about making movies, they could maintain their basic business relationships...(ahem Team Bondi.)

quinholo
quinholo

I don't know. It could be a preconception's thinking, but, for me, all this crap of book, game movies it doesn't have to be mixed. A book history is a BOOK history, an excelent game is only excelent because it's a game, and a great movie it's a movie. Don't mix this stuff.

endorbr
endorbr

Actually I don't think Rockstar would go with making a GTA movie, at least not first. Not really sure how well a GTA movie would work anyway. Do we really need a GTA movie at that? Wouldn't that be a little bit like watching someone else play a GTA game without getting to influence what they do at all? These games already copy from films for some of their ideas so wouldn't that just sort of make a GTA movie a bit cliche?

pokecharm
pokecharm

I think this really was only a matter of time - hope they fair well, I suppose we shall see ;)

Dogswithguns
Dogswithguns

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Dogswithguns
Dogswithguns

Sounds like a plan. RockStar games movies, howbout that?.. Bully anyone?!