Why Grand Theft Auto has not been made into a movie yet

Take-Two president Karl Slatoff says movie based on the series could be a lucrative licensing opportunity, but warns of risks.

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Take-Two has explained why it has yet to greenlight a film adaptation of its massively popular Grand Theft Auto series. Speaking this week during a BMO Capital conference, president Karl Slatoff said licensing the rights for a film could be lucrative, but warned of the risks associated with adapting a video game franchise for the big screen.

"If you’re going to invest in a movie--you can make a lot of money on movies--but as a licensor, you’ve got to look at what the success rate is, what the movie has to do for you to generate substantial economics that are worth taking the risk," he said.

Slatoff said film and TV representatives have demonstrated interest in the Grand Theft Auto franchise, as well as nearly all other Rockstar properties, but pointed out that Take-Two is wary of the impact a poorly received film could have on the series.

"So if it’s a bad movie, does that hurt your franchise or not? So there is always a balance that has to be struck there. But obviously, we consider those inbound requests. We take those inbound requests. So it’s something we consider at this point, but again it's not core to what we do."

This matches up with comments from Rockstar Games cofounder Dan Houser in 2011. At the time, he said Rockstar has "explored" numerous Grand Theft Auto movie deals, but has yet to be convinced to bring the series to the big-screen.

"We love movies, but we also love games and that is what we remain focused on. 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," Houser said at the time.

Take-Two filed a trademark application for "Rockstar Films" in December 2010. However, the publisher has never commented on this.

Discussion

151 comments
stev69
stev69

It hasn't been made into a movie simply because it could be any hollywood action movie already out there, there isn't anything terribly unique about it as a concept. 

camverge
camverge

Have you seen the Resident Evil movies? That's why.

berzerk0912
berzerk0912

The movie would have to be Rated R, XXX, Y & Z due to the type of content.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

I know the purpose of these publishers is to ultimately make more and more money, but please play it safe and just don't risk it. Not with this one. Surely it's not worth it given how much they already get from the franchise.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

I disagree with everyone saying it would just be a generic crime movie.

If it was set in a fictional city, and included the series' brand of humor and American cultural satire, a GTA movie could have a unique style of its own

penpusher
penpusher

I don't really want to see a movie. Sorry but I don't think a movie would be able to capture what GTA is. It would just end up being another over the top gangster parody.

00LiteYear
00LiteYear

Why not make an in-game movie using the engine and graphics? Still, I wonder how many movies borrowed from GTA and turned out successful.

Deingerous
Deingerous

No Point, obviously its not from hollywoods lack of trying but GTA takes sooo much of its own inspiration from movies what would be the point? And Honestly how could you condense GTA into 2 hours??

tightwad34
tightwad34

I have a feeling if GTA were made into a movie I would have already seen it before. Sure many people may see it because it's GTA(I probably will too when it comes to DVD or whatever the hell it is by then), but I am not expecting much from it. And that's not because it's a game going to movie, but because there are so many other movies out there based on the same type of shit.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

No desire to watch "GTA: The Criminals Within".

sol_invictus55
sol_invictus55

It has been, it's called every crime movie ever made.

CUDGEdave
CUDGEdave

No.no...Just leave it as a game.

punksterdaddy
punksterdaddy

Wasn't Drive sort of based on GTA? I know that's not quite the same but it was meant to be based on that.


You can even buy the jacket from Drive in GTA V as Trevor. With obvious GTA versions of it.

yngsten
yngsten

Keep making games, movies based on games usually sucks, the way GTA V was done it was a movie on its own.

XIntoTheBlue
XIntoTheBlue

It'll be hard to come up with something that would make a GTA movie unique. There are a lot of movies out there with urban scenery and lots of criminal activity being the heart of it. A television series may be more appropriate. I doubt a movie would tarnish the reputation. Those who play video games won't give two stinks about a movie's performance.

hystavito
hystavito

Even if they made a GTA movie, there's a lot of stuff from the games they really couldn't use as it was already ripped off from other movies.

NoSoul81
NoSoul81

I love GTA but have little desire for it to become a movie. For one Dan Houser would have to be heavily involved or forget it, and that probably wouldn't happen.

deathstream
deathstream

If they made it into a movie, parents would see what trash it is and it would kill game sales.  End of story.

shogungackt
shogungackt

They don't need to make GTA into anything, it would ruin it.

m_nay2008
m_nay2008

they need to make a series not a film to be able to discover all the city and all the ideas

shreddyz
shreddyz

Is it because Caroline wants to direct it with an ALL female cast? That's it, isn't it?

megakick
megakick

I can go watch  "HEAT"...

kbaily
kbaily

I know a lot of folks love GTA and would love a GTA movie, but honestly I don't see a GTA movie being anything more than a knockoff of pretty much any gangster/thug movie that's come out.  We know video game movies don't have a good track record even if they're getting budgets and decent actors now.  Also I recall there was a movie from the 70s titled "Grand Theft Auto" though no one remembers it now but I heard there's liscencing issues regarding the rights to the name and whatnot.

fillup0
fillup0

There's plenty of movies that already do what a GTA movie would do anyway. It would be just as silly as making a Need For Speed movie. OH WAIT!

meatz666
meatz666

Why do a GTA movie? Just watch any Guy Ritchie movie...

LJNkickstarter
LJNkickstarter

I haven't read the article yet but i will say it.... It will suck!

carolino
carolino

all i need is WoW movie..


not..

berserker66666
berserker66666

"Cause Carolyn Petit of Gamespot would throw a fit and rant about misogyny"

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

"Because movies based on video games suck"


All he needed to say.

amar1234
amar1234

a game based on movies, then has a movie made about it....

zebozy
zebozy

The movie would be about life, sex, drugs, and theft. As if there are not enough movies like that already.

jessie82
jessie82

because it would be like every other american action movie...

DiamondDM13
DiamondDM13

It hasn't been made into a movie because the stories in these games are not really the best...

DigiRave
DigiRave

@camverge Well, I'd have to say that's a really fucking nonsensical explanation, since those movies were enjoyable.

tightwad34
tightwad34

Well, apparently most of you share my exact thoughts so we all can't be wrong. We know what's up.

AvatarMan96
AvatarMan96

@punksterdaddyIt wasn't meant to be based on that, it's based on a 2005 book. I doubt the book was written with GTA in mind either. I can see similarities, but they pretty different.

fillup0
fillup0

@berserker66666 Are you not gonna drop that? Ever? She still gave the game a fucking 9 when it's probably about an 8.

camverge
camverge

Really? That's funny. I'd say they're an absolute disgrace to the Resident Evil storyline! It's especially promising when the creator says " these films are in no way related to our games". They ignored the RE characters because they wanted to do their own thing, people complained, so they start to use the characters, and make them total ass clowns. These movies are an embarrassment and as nonsensical as my explanation.