Grand Theft Autoor GTA For closers, it is now the 5th most profitable game franchise in history, just behind Mario🇧🇷 white🇧🇷 Pokemon and the call of duty🇧🇷 GTA V alone is the second best-selling game on the all-time list, led by MinecraftAnd sold 3 times more Super Mario Bros.
Dan and Sam Hauser always had big ambitions for their creations, but interestingly, their plans never included film or television adaptations; According to reports, Sam turned down an offer from Hollywood for a movie starring the rapper. Eminem and directed by Tony Scott (1944 – 2012), for reasons never made clear.
O reason Posted by Kirk Ewing, a veteran of the British games industry who worked on the director Earth Worm Jim 3DIn a podcast interview Bugsy Malone’s best game From the BBC, a series dedicated to GTA and its impact on global media and culture.
Ewing is a friend of the Housers and for a time worked as an agent for DMA Design, the developer that was renamed Rockstar North in 2002. The story took place around this time, shortly after the speech GTA III🇧🇷
Actually, I don’t know if I should tell this story. It is possible? (…) I remember that at around 4 o’clock in the morning a producer in Los Angeles called me with an offer to shoot a film. He said, “Kirk, we got Eminem to star and Tony Scott to shoot. $5 million up front (for the rights). Are you interested?”
I called Sam (Hauser) and said, “Listen, they (Hollywood) want Eminem in the Grand Theft Auto movie and Tony Scott to direct it.” Sam replied, “I don’t care.”
Let’s look at the context of the time. Marshall Bruce Mathers III, the rapper better known as Eminem, was one of the most popular musicians in the world and made his debut in November 2002. 8 miles – Street of IllusionsA semi-autobiographical musical drama that was not only a critical and popular success, but also earned Eminem an Academy Award for Best Original Song. Loss of a personleaving films such as Gangs of New York🇧🇷 Chicago and Frida back.
Tony Scott, on the other hand, was a famous director, with films such as Top Gun🇧🇷 red wave🇧🇷 Thunderstorm days🇧🇷 hunger for life🇧🇷 enemy of the state and Spy gameHis latest work at the time.
It’s possible that Sam Hauser thought $5 million for licensing his trademark was a bad joke, especially since GTA III It closed 2001 as the best-selling game of the year and would take the silver medal the following year, behind… Grand Theft Auto: Vice City🇧🇷
GTA > Hollywood
In an interview, Kirk Jung added that after the failed Hollywood contact, Rockstar Games withdrew from all talks and negotiations about the adaptation. GTA for other media; The Hauser brothers would realize that they had a product stronger than any movie, series, animation, etc.
with a graphical leap between GTA II and GTA IIITo use 3D scenarios from above, the game developed the concept of an “illegal life simulator” in which the player, in the skin of the protagonists (although they are not yet customized), could interact. Scenario, NPC and various elements as you wanted.
With the latest titles, incl GTA V As Rockstar’s cash cow today (9 years after its release, it crossed three generations of consoles and still sells a ton), the developers were able to develop exploratory forms that allow the public not only to complete missions, but also enjoy the environment, watch fictional TV shows, play mini Games, in short, do what they want.
Maybe that’s why Rockstar always ignored the opportunity to take over Grand Theft Auto for the big screen, or even the small one, which put the producer at odds with the BBC. In 2015, the British broadcaster created a telefilm Gamechangerswhich refers to a cultural phenomenon that was GTA in the early 2000s and how it attracted media attention for its alleged glorification of violence and a life of crime.
The film stars Daniel Radcliffe as Sam Houser and the eternal cannon Bill Paxton (1955 – 2017) as Jack Thompson, a folkloric opportunist ex-lawyer who has dedicated his career to connecting video games to all that is bad in the world. .
When the film was announced, Rockstar filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the BBC for failing to consult the developer for the production in an attempt to block its exhibition. It did not work.
Today it is difficult to argue with the idea that GTA It doesn’t need to be adapted into other media, given the size the franchise has grown over the past two decades. Today, Sam Houser remains the president of Rockstar Games, and his brother Dan, a screenwriter GTA III And later, left the developer in 2020.
On the other hand, the recent studio changes made possible by the Take-Two matrix would destroy the internal culture of the “Bolinas Club”, which those close to us note is reflected. GTA VI🇧🇷 The film, which has no release date, will have a less aggressive tone towards minorities and marginalized groups, in addition to bringing in the series’ first female protagonist, Bonnie and Clyde-style.
Depending on how the following is obtained GTA If so, if we consider the current management of Rockstar influenced by recent events (police violence, George Floyd) and intolerance of mocking minorities, it is a weak result. Grand Theft AutoV This may indeed lead the studio (and Take-Two) to reconsider the theatrical release.
Unfortunately, those involved will have to look for another director, as Tony Scott passed away in 2012; Also, Eminem might not be the first choice for a leading man today.