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Rockstar said no to GTA movie deal starring Eminem

Published: 11:23, 15 November 2022
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GTA movie starring rap star Eminem was rejected but Houser brothers said no
GTA movie starring rap star Eminem was rejected but Houser brothers said no

Hollywood agent apparently approached GTA creators Dan and Sam Houser, pitching the idea of a GTA movie starring Eminem but Houser brothers said no.

Rockstar Games had the opportunity to greenlight a GTA movie starring rap legend Eminem back in 2001 but according to the BBC report , the creators of this popular franchise, brothers Sam and Dan Houser, said no.

This is according to games industry veteran Kirk Ewing, a friend of Sam and Dan Houser. Kirk stated that a Hollywood agent came to him with a deal for a GTA film, offering $5 million for the rights. Eminem was supposed to be the main star while the movie would be directed by Top Gun director Tony Scott.

However, Sam Houser told the agent they were "not interested" in such a project, despite brainstorming the idea of a GTA movie with his brother after the release of GTA 3. 

Kirk expanded on the story, stating that he was phoned at 04:00 by an LA producer, who present him with an offer for the GTA movie. 

"He said 'Kirk we've got Eminem to star, and it's a Tony Scott film - $5m on the nose. Are you interested?' And I phoned up Sam and I said 'Listen to this. They want Eminem in the Grand Theft Auto movie and Tony Scott to direct.

"And he said: 'Not interested'."

Rockstar gta 5 screenshot showing franklin looking at skyscrapers GTA is one of the biggest franchises in the world but still doesn't have a movie

That was pretty much the end of it and the Houser brothers never really seriously discussed a GTA move since then, according to Kirk. Dan Houser has since left Rockstar and has recently backed a new game called Skyborne Legacy.

His brother Sam, is still at Rockstar Games, presumably helming the Grand Theft Auto 6 development.

And Eminem? Well, you already know the answer to that question. Mr Mathers is one of the greatest rappers to ever live and he's still releasing critically acclaimed songs and albums. 

The GTA series also reached overwhelming success, becoming one of the greatest video game franchises in the world. GTA 5 alone sold over 170 million copies since its launch. 

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