Love it or hate it, there’s no denying that Grand Theft Auto series is huge. It’s big enough to have GTA 6 leaked for months, big enough for its iconic trilogy to be ported to the Switch (in Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition) to terrible effect last year and, as it turns out, it was almost big enough to make the movie starring Eminem in the early 2000s.
In a recent chat on Bugzy Malone’s Greatest Game audio filesHollywood agent Kirk Ewing has talked about how he found himself in the middle of a discussion between the film’s producers and Rockstar Games about the potential for a GTA movie.
As reported in VGCThese discussions started going viral soon after the release gta III, as the prospect of Rockstar expanding its series into other branches still seems a viable prospect. Ewing’s relationship with Rockstar boss Sam Houser made him the perfect mediator for production discussions that, at one point, went so far as to suggest a movie starring the former rapper. won many Eminem awards from Top gunner Directed by Tony Scott.
Transliterated by Jordan Middler for VGC, Ewing said the following exchange was as follows:
“And I called Sam and said, ‘Listen, you need to hear this. They want Eminem from Grand Theft Auto and Tony Scott to direct.’ And he said: ‘Don’t care.’
“At that point, they withdrew from any conversation about filmmaking, when they realized that the media brand they had was bigger than any movie going on at the time.”
Without evidence of the production history or the angle the studio will take, we can’t say for sure if the film will be a hit. Though with Scott in the director’s chair and Eminem in front of the camera, you can be pretty sure it’ll make a dollar or two.
Of course, no such movie has ever been made, and Rockstar continues down the game-only route – pfft, what good comes from that?? – but it’s interesting to hear what’s so close anyway. Who knows, maybe the increased interest after the movie’s release will change the games that follow, ultimately improving the quality of the Switch car crash trilogy released. Well, at least we can dream…