Rockstar reportedly declined to make a Grand Theft Auto movie that could have starred world-renowned rapper Eminem. The late top gun Director Tony Scott has also reportedly been considered to direct.
On the Bugzy Malone PodcastEarthworm Jim director Kirk Ewing said he was chatting with Rockstar’s Sam Houser in his hotel room one night about making a GTA movie.
Ewing explained: “That was shortly after Grand Theft Auto 3. And I think at that point Sam was still thinking that it might be something he wanted to do… I remember getting a call from one of the producers in LA around 4am with an offer to do a movie . And he said, ‘Kirk, we have Eminem as the lead, and it’s a Tony Scott movie with $5 million on the nose, are you interested?'”
When Ewing Houser called to break the news, Houser reportedly declined, saying he wasn’t interested.
Ewing added, “At that point, they withdrew from all talk of making a movie, realizing that the media franchise they had was bigger than any movie that was on at the time.”
While a true GTA-based film never materialized, in 2015 the BBC released a trailer for a GTA documentary about the franchise’s success over Rockstar’s objections. The company sued the BBC to protect its intellectual property.
Movie adaptations for video games have been gaining popularity lately, with Sony offering them their own properties like Uncharted, Gran Turismo and Spirit of Tsushima.
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