Anyone that’s interested in seeing a Grand Theft Auto movie shouldn’t hold their breath. It seems that Rockstar can’t make a film out of the game due to a legal settlement.
If you’ve spent some time perusing the bargain bin of Blockbuster, you might know that a film called Grand Theft Auto was made in the seventies by Ron Howard – yes, that Ron Howard.
It was hardly a success, but according to Hollywood Daily it worried Rockstar so much that they entered a legal agreement with rights-owner Fox to ensure it would never make a game based on the movie.
As a compromise, Rockstar promised never to make a movie based on its game.
Whilst we’re not entirely convinced that this is true, it does help to explain why we haven’t seen a movie from one of the most popular media franchises of all time. And even if it does carry some weight, legal arrangements can be reworked. After all, Fox stands to make a fortune from being involved with a film based on the series.
Courtesy of CVG.
Jun 23, 2008