Rockstar: No plans to make movies based on Grand Theft Auto

Saturday, 25th July 2009 21:59 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


Rockstar does not plan on turning the Grand Theft Auto series into a movie franchise any time soon.

As a matter of fact, vice president Dan Houser says the prospect of one considered, and then quickly tossed aside.

“We don’t believe that the Grand Theft Auto games, which are massive in scope and structurally complex, can be adequately compressed into a two-hour movie,” he told the LA Times. “It seems obvious to us that maintaining the long-term integrity of any entertainment property has been dependent on not making substandard spin-off products to people whose primary interest is making a quick buck.

“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.

Via GTA.4net, Kotaku.



  1. ecu

    I completely agree. GTA parodies movies anyway, so you’d end up with a Scary Movie type scenario, where you’re a parody of a movie (Scream) that was already a parody of a movie [genre].

    #1 5 years ago
  2. The_Deleted

    Good on ‘em. If it was anything like GTA IV, people would only moan is was repetitive anyway.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. GyroMight

    @ecu Actually a Scary Movie type movie might work. Just take all the best parts and make it over the top. Then again I wouldn’t have millions riding on that idea. Couldn’t be any worse than a lot of the other crap out there.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. NiceFellow

    Sounds sensible. The games are more fun as they stand.

    Although if he thinks they are structurally complex he’s confusing how do we order some random missions with how do we structure something like Casino – i.e. no element of any GTA story I’ve seen is structurally complex next to a genuinely structurally complex movie. As for massive scope, if he means the city and drawn distance fine, but again I really hope he doesn’t mean artistic scope.

    So, yes please, keep them as games and don’t ruin all the ‘story’s as good as the Godfather’ hype by making a movie which would only make it abundantly clear that it’s not.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Scyrenn

    The movie Crank reminded me of GTA for some reason… :)

    #5 5 years ago

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