Dan Houser is one of the co-founders of Rockstar Games, the gaming studio that's brought the world Red Dead Redemption, Max Payne 3, L.A. Noire and, of course, the Grand Theft Auto series. Speaking to The Guardian in a fascinating and in-depth piece about the company, Houser discussed the often-mooted idea of a Grand Theft Auto film spin-off.
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There is no successful franchise that Hollywood won't try to exploit (see: almost every single summer movie), so it's always seemed a little weird that one of the biggest franchises out there - Rockstar's 'Grand Theft Auto' - has yet to make the leap to the big screen. Well, it's not for a lack of trying, but Hollywood can try all it wants: there will never be a 'Grand Theft Auto' movie.
With a cost of over $265 million and projected first-week earnings of over $500 million for 'GTA V,' the 'Grand Theft Auto' franchise is insanely successful in its own right and doesn't need to take the risk of a potentially crappy movie. And, if we're being honest, has there ever been a movie adapted from a video game that has been anything but just mediocre?