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Jancy Richardson

Grand Theft Auto may be one of the most successful game franchises in history, but that doesn't mean that a movie adaptation is definitely going to happen.

Dan Houser, co-founder of Rockstar Games says that the prospect is as unlikely as getting away from the cops once you've got five stars full and you've stolen a tank.

We've been offered [a Grand Theft Auto movie] many times, and it's never appealed. The money's never been close to be worth risking one's crown jewels. Our small dabblings with Hollywood have always left us running back to games.

We've always tried to think of stuff that's innovative and new, and to go into a world where that's not encouraged would be horrible.

Bad news for those who want to see cars, carnage and adjustable haircuts on the big screen. But Houser is none too keen on GTA heading to TV either:

It's much easier to imagine GTA as a TV series, as the form is closer, but I still think we'd be losing too much to ever actually do it. We've got this big open-world experience that's 100 hours long, and that gives players control over what they do, what they see, and how they see it.

A world where you can do everything from rob a bank to take a yoga lesson to watch TV, all in your own time. How do you condense that into a two-hour or 12-hour experience where you take away the main things: player agency and freedom?

How desperate are you to see Grand Theft Auto on the big screen? Would it be a shame to forego an adaptation, or, like Houser, would you be afraid of losing control of the GTA universe?



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