November 17, 2022

By Ray Ampoloquio

Rockstar once turned down a GTA movie starring Eminem

Rockstar Games got a chance to turn Grand Theft Auto into a Hollywood film with Eminem and Top Gun director, Tony Scott, in tow, many years ago.

Always the maverick, Sam and Dan Houser turned down this offer.

According to the reports, an LA producer once approached the co-founders of Rockstar to buy the rights to a GTA movie for $5 million.

Apparently, a live-action adaptation or a tie-in movie to Grand Theft Auto 3 in 2001 was in consideration between the brothers at the time.

But, when Rockstar Games got the offer, the brothers said that they were "not interested" after realizing that "the media franchise they had was bigger than any movie that was going on at the time."

Fast forward to today and they were right, as the GTA series is now one of the most profitable entertainment releases ever.

Nearly a decade after it came out, GTA 5 still rakes in billions of dollars in annual revenue for Rockstar and its parent company, Take-Two Interactive.