portal Chronicle of Video Games noted that Kirk Ewing, former Rockstar Games agent and co-founder of Veemee, shared an entertaining story about a failed Grand Theft Auto (GTA) action movie in a recent episode of the Bugzy Malone’s Grandest Game podcast.
Rumors of a full-length film adaptation of Grand Theft Auto have been circulating for many years, but nothing has materialized. Just remember the BBC’s scandalous television drama The Gamechangers, which neither Rockstar Games nor Take-Two Interactive were involved in producing.
According to Ewing, shortly after the release of Grand Theft Auto III (it debuted in October 2001), he was able to talk to Rockstar Games co-founder Sam Houser (Sam Houser) about a possible adaptation. Ewing thinks Houser may have been interested in a potential GTA movie at this point.
“I remember one day around 4:00 a.m. a producer from Los Angeles called me with an offer to do a GTA-based movie and said, ‘Kirk, we have Eminem ready to shoot here and Tony Scott is directing. Every five million noses [братьям Хаузерам]Interested?” Eve remembers.
Ewing forwarded the question to Houser, but despite being interested in popular rapper-director Top Gun’s project, he was turned down: “He said, ‘I’m not interested.’ Realizing that the franchise available to them was larger than any film of the time, they pulled out of all negotiations to make a film adaptation.”.
Ewing’s words were confirmed in history: Grand Theft Auto V made its creators $1 billion at launch in just three days – faster than any other entertainment product in its entire history. To date, the game has sold over 170 million copies.
Now Rockstar is slowly creating the next big part of Grand Theft Auto. It doesn’t yet have an official release date or final name (unofficial ones exist), but a large-scale leak of gameplay footage of the project’s test version has provided a behind-the-scenes look at the development process.