GTA Movie Definitely NOT in the Works

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GTA Movie Definitely NOT in the Works

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Turning games into movies seems to be all the rage right now, so will Rockstar be joining the party? Not a chance.

As every gamer knows, video game movies are almost universally bad; Silent Hill sucked, Resident Evil was terrible and Uwe Boll's films? We do not speak of such things.

It's a nice change then, to see a publisher not tripping over themselves to get some franchise or other up on the big screen. Speaking to the LA Times, Rockstar's Dan Houser said:

"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 ... 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."

Houser isn't ruling it out, but it's clear that Rockstar aren't going to let GTA be the next Super Mario Bros. Although, Bob Hoskins as Nico ... that could work.

Source: Kotaku

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All GTA games are based on movies anyway.
How would they make a movie outta that?

Casual Shinji:
All GTA games are based on movies anyway.
How would they make a movie outta that?

Oh oh...
They would find a way.
Those evil basterds!

I think we can all breathe a collective sigh of relief.

I don't see how you could make a movie out of GTA.

nilcypher:
Although, Bob Hoskins as Nico ... that could work.

Do not joke about such things!
The internet is watching your words.

I'm glad that we can live peacefully, knowing that Uwe Boll is not going to butcher another franchise in to a movie which is missing every little thing that made the game good.

NoMoreSanity:
I think we can all breathe a collective sigh of relief.

Yes.
At least he recognizes that movies based on games come out horrible, and he doesn't want to sink that low.

I admit I would love to see a GTA movie...heck I would love to see any movie "inspired" by a game, but sadly they are never good. I still think that the Grand Theft Auto would make a good movie tho.

Grand Theft Auto is generically about exagerrated crime, pretty much like in the movies. I really can't see how you'd translate this very well, you could turn out any crime thriller with decent amount of violence and call it "Grand Theft Auto". There really isn't much that defines the series as a whole that is unique enough to use. Now I could see them turning ONE of the games into a crime movie based on it, but a series movie would be basically impossible.

Also for the sake of arguement, what is a good movie is a matter of opinion. When it comes to video game movies one thing to consider is that translating information that is gained (for lore/backstory) from dissertations or reading in game diaries/scrolls/whatever does not translate well into a movie. What's more with series like Silent Hill where you have millions of fanboys argueing about what is really going on, they did as well as they could with a deritive movie. Rather than doing things the way they did, they probably should have takne one Silent Hill game (like the first one, which was self contained at a time when it wasn't sure if they would even get a sequel) and used that sort of verbatim for the script. I though that movie was 'okay' not quite into "OMG it blows chips" territory, but passable given what they did. They pretty much wanted to throw out iconic imagery like Pyramid Head where they really probably shouldn't have. Also doing the story while trying to avoid contreversy (how they changed the cult) kind of deafeats the purpose. Trust me once you've seen a guy taken out by the "Heat Seeking Chopsticks" attack, you will never criticize Uwe Boll again (and that whole fight scene is hard to forget).

I thought Resident Evil was actually pretty good overall, though like most series it became more strained with each sequel. Sure it really lost touch with the video games at points, but as movies based on the source material? That's about as good as it's gotten so far.

Mortal Kombat was probably the reigning champ for "best video game movie" for a while. That was fun and captured the somewhat goofy atmosphere. The sequel was aweful (and I kind of figured "Destroy all Expectations" as the tagline was probably intended as an in-joke by the producers) but the first one was pretty good.

As far as Uwe Boll goes, well he's not THAT bad overall. It's just people put him in the wrong context. People seem to think that they should be able to turn their favorite video game into some kind of sweeping academy award winning epic, like say Peter Jackson's "Lord Of The Rings" or whatever. Or better yet, seeing say "Silent Hill" replacing say Casablanca as the generally acknowledged greatest movie of all time. :P

I put Uwe Boll in the same catagory as say Troma. Yes he's an awful director, and in many cases he's working with what is admittedly awful material (face it, fanboyism aside, many video games just weren't intended to have their plots turned into movies). In the end he turns out some pretty amusing stuff. If you sit down to watch say "House Of The Dead" expecting an action-horror epic, that's not what your going to get. But if you can enjoy sitting down to watch pure cheese and laugh along with the movie team, it's pretty amusing and it seems like the people doing it were at least having fun with the movie. I mean honestly, few things have ever stuck in my mind like the guy talking about being a successful male underwear model, or the asian girl running around in a form fitting red white and blue body suit, answering to "liberty" and engaging zombies in close combat. Not to mention all the Sega banners at the "rave" site. :P

Stop and think about it, how many scenes from Uwe Boll movies can you remember as standing out in your mind because you were going "I can't believe someone put that into a movie".

My opinion on Uwe has waffled over the years, but I find it odd that so many people are still busting on him to this extent. Just go into his movies with the mentality that your about to see Troma fare like "Redneck Zombies" (animated by Radioactive Hooch!), "A Nymphoid Barbarian In Dinosaur Hell" (speaking of which Uwe Boll might consider resurrecting Dino Crisis), and of course the Iconic "Toxic Avenger" (though I feel Sergeant Kabuki Man NYPD was better).

GTA IV's story was already on par with most major Hollywood releases (according to several well-known movie critics.)

Turning that into a movie would have just been stupid; really stupid.

it's funny, because GTA is probably the easiest game to turn into a decent movie. It's basically a movie to begin with, and sure, it's scope is in the 20-30 hour zone, not the 2-3 hour zone, but If Rockstar did the writing, it could be good.

But we gotta hand it to them that they know their medium.. Just know Rockstar - you guys could actually do it and make it half decent..

All that praise being said, if I heard that movie preview voice over say the phrase "Grand Theft Auto" I'd probably piss myself laughing..

...

.. Good Call Rockstar.

Nice to see Rockstar has some sense.

Phew. Another franchise saved from utter humiliation.

Actually, if I'm not mistaken, they legally can never make a Grand Theft Auto. In 1977 a film was released called "Grand Theft Auto" by New World Films and directed by Ron Howard. Now I think Fox Atomic owns the rights to the movie and they've signed a contract saying basically "Rockstar can never make a Grand Theft Auto motion picture, and Fox Atomic can never make a Grand Theft Auto video game."

Technically a movie could be released, but it would have to be produced and distributed by Fox. shudder...

But Rockstar and Fox teaming up would be the only way I see this happening.

I heard that Uwe Boll had been trying to make a GTA film. Now that I know he isn't...

yessssssssssssssssss.

Jon Etheridge:

But Rockstar and Fox teaming up would be the only way I see this happening.

Seeing as everytime I hear about Fox it's because they've done something in which they've demonstrated the fact they do not know anything about their own customers, I take refuse in the fact that Rockstar is an intelligent company that does not need to sell out.

Johnn Johnston:
I heard that Uwe Boll had been trying to make a GTA film. Now that I know he isn't...

yessssssssssssssssss.

he's busy making Far Cry as we type this.

Diablini:
I'm glad that we can live peacefully, knowing that Uwe Boll is not going to butcher another franchise in to a movie which is missing every little thing that made the game good.

I dunno, Postal was the only uwie [haha, getit?] that I liked. for a movie based on a game where the first mission is to cash your paycheck and buy milk, it was pretty funny, even when uwe made fun of himself and the RWS guy beat the hell out of him.

but yea, GTA would be a directors worst nightmare unless they tend to introduce a new IP city.

HardRockSamurai:
GTA IV's story was already on par with most major Hollywood releases (according to several well-known movie critics.)

Which one of them is that intended to be an insult to?

I'd be interested to see a Grand Theft Auto movie though, an hour and a half of carjacking and vehicular homicide and then a shocking climax in which the cops arrest the hero and take all his favourate guns away, turning him away with naught but his fists and a long journey to the nearest safehouse.

I do enjoy imagining weird video game movies.

Hooray, a publisher that actually gives a damn about their creation.

In every GTA game, the story portrays the main character as a sympathetic character that only resorts to crime because society has often been harsh to him. Then, as soon as the cutscenes end and you are in control of him, off he goes and murders thousands of people just to see if he can. That's why a GTA movie won't work, the gameplay-story segregation is too strong. If you make the movie's story based on the basic GTA character, you won't have an excuse for showing him doing the mass murdering the game is known about. If you try to tailor the movie around such a scene, then the end result won't look like GTA at all. And if you show a psychotic guy that goes around stealing cars, running over people and then eventually firing rockets at armored police choppers, then it automatically becomes a Saints' Row movie.

Phew!

disaster avoided, we dont want another MK2 now do we.

If they made GTA into a movie I honestly think it wouldn't work too well. I mean organized crime. That's been done before.

Jon Etheridge:
Actually, if I'm not mistaken, they legally can never make a Grand Theft Auto. In 1977 a film was released called "Grand Theft Auto" by New World Films and directed by Ron Howard. Now I think Fox Atomic owns the rights to the movie and they've signed a contract saying basically "Rockstar can never make a Grand Theft Auto motion picture, and Fox Atomic can never make a Grand Theft Auto video game."

Technically a movie could be released, but it would have to be produced and distributed by Fox. shudder...

But Rockstar and Fox teaming up would be the only way I see this happening.

Fox could always simply neglect to notice that the movie was being made until waaaay too late to stop it's production and then take them to court and threaten them with delays or preventing the release so that they got a nice tidy percentage of the profits without having to do anything themselves. You know, like they did with Watchmen.

Despite making games that are essentially homages to The Godfather and ever other organized crime flick, I'm glad that the guys at Rockstar have enough of the creative artist persona to want to maintain control over their idea even if it changes into a medium they're unfamiliar with. Unlike any of the companies that thought Uwe Boll was a good idea. Well, to be fair, the first company really couldn't have known. But everyone after that, they screwed that pooch all on their own.

Casual Shinji:
All GTA games are based on movies anyway.
How would they make a movie outta that?

Well, they did make a small GTA2 movie once, Rockstar did it, i liked it.
They might be able to do it for there other games, as long as THEY keep complete control over it.

What i really want to see is a Saints Row(2) movie(s).

nilcypher:
As every gamer knows, video game movies are almost universally bad; Silent Hill sucked

This is making me visit this homepage max. half as often as I did before. I'm not joking. The Silent Hill movie caught the atmosphere of the original as good as any movie could. Sure, it didn't catch the genius of the games, but that's not even possible in a medium that only tells 1 1/2 - 2 hours worth of story.

Kalezian:

Diablini:
I'm glad that we can live peacefully, knowing that Uwe Boll is not going to butcher another franchise in to a movie which is missing every little thing that made the game good.

I dunno, Postal was the only uwie [haha, getit?] that I liked. for a movie based on a game where the first mission is to cash your paycheck and buy milk, it was pretty funny, even when uwe made fun of himself and the RWS guy beat the hell out of him.

but yea, GTA would be a directors worst nightmare unless they tend to introduce a new IP city.

Nitpick: Uwe is supposed to be pronounced "Oo-vay".

Ot: I think Rockstar could pull this one off, as their games tend to play out similarly to a movie already, but for the sake of condensing they would need to probably use a original script.

Diablini:
I'm glad that we can live peacefully, knowing that Uwe Boll is not going to butcher another franchise in to a movie which is missing every little thing that made the game good.

Boll actually talks about the way a GTA film could be made in an interview he did with LoadingReadyRun, and the strange thing is that his analysis comes across as totally normal and rational, he almost has you believing that he could do it very competently.

I have yet to work out how he manages to cock up every film he has ever been in charge of. Ah well, you have to give the man points for trying I suppose.

But on topic, this is probably a good thing. I could see a GTA movie easily working if done properly, but I can't really see any reason for it to be made in the first place - it would just be another gangster movie with a tagline from a popular video game series tagged onto the title. It certainly wouldn't be bringing anything new to the world of cinema, that's for sure.

NoMoreSanity:
I think we can all breathe a collective sigh of relief.

Yes, Uwe "I make laughable piles of shit" Boll won't be getting his grubby paws into this one anytime soon. Besides, Rockstar has at least enough worldly wiseness to know that one should never allow an intellectual property into the hands of Mr. Boll.

Casual Shinji:
All GTA games are based on movies anyway.
How would they make a movie outta that?

I once asked the same question of Uncharted, and look how that's going to turn out.

"We don't believe that the Grand Theft Auto games, which are massive in scope and structurally complex"

What the fuck game has this guy been playing? Sure they've got sandbox in there, but there's always some rigid and shitty story about someone we don't give a fuck about to ruin it all.

Horray!
Well not really, now what are they going to make a movie on?

And nothing of value was lost...

This is some of the best news I've had in a while, which is actually kinda sad, there's not much I can say that hasn't been expressed already, but I need to express how fucking good this news is.

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