Rockstar reportedly declined to make a Grand Theft Auto movie that would’ve starred the world-famous rapper, Eminem. The late Top Gun director Tony Scott was additionally reportedly thought-about to direct it.
On the Bugzy Malone podcast, Earthworm Jim director Kirk Ewing stated that he spoke with Rockstar’s Sam Houser in his resort room one night time about making a GTA movie.
Ewing explained: “This was just after Grand Theft Auto 3. And I think, at that point, it was still in Sam’s mind that it might be something that he wanted to do … I remember taking a call at about 4 a.m. from one of the producers in LA with an offer to make a film. And he said, ‘Kirk, we’ve got Eminem to star, and it’s a Tony Scott film, $5 million on the nose, are you interested?’”
When Ewing referred to as Houser to ship the information, Houser reportedly turned it down and stated that he was not .
Ewing added: “At that point, they withdrew from any conversation about making a film when they realized that the media franchise that they had was bigger than any movie that was going on at the time.”
While an precise GTA-based movie by no means materialized, the BBC released a trailer for a GTA documentary in 2015 concerning the franchise’s success over Rockstar’s objection. The firm sued the BBC in an effort to defend its IP.