Report: Grand Theft Auto Movie Is Impossible

A film based on the open-world criminal antics of Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto series is likely to never happen due to a 1977 movie of the same name, according to LA Weekly film columnist Nikki Finke.

That movie, which was directed by and starred Ron Howard (left), is said to be the source of a legal settlement in which Rockstar supposedly agreed to never make a Grand Theft Auto film as long as Fox never makes a video game based on Howard's work.

Left, Howard's Grand Theft Auto film. Right, Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto IV.

In other words, Finke claims that Rockstar has the rights to the Grand Theft Auto game series, while Fox holds the rights for the entirely unrelated, but identically named Grand Theft Auto movie.

The most recent Grand Theft Auto game, Grand Theft Auto IV (PS3, 360), debuted in late April and pulled in $500 million during its first week at retail. It has since sold over 8.5 million units worldwide.

Though a remake of that unrelated film has been planned for years, the game's success has apparently had no impact on its mired production. "They are nowhere on the script," said a source. "It has been one of 400 development projects for several years."

Thanks to orgcaptainnemo for the tip.

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    June 20, 2008 10:33 AM

    So it's just the name that's the problem? So they could name the movie "San Andreas" and be just fine? (Although hopefully it would be based of GTA3 (base) or 4, and not San Andreas.)

    That doesn't seem like a very high barrier. I guess it depends on the wording of the agreement. "In the name of the King" isn't titled "Dungeon Siege" but everyone knows what the movie is.

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      June 20, 2008 10:47 AM

      Actually it was subtitled "A Dungeon Siege Tale".

      Why do I know this :\

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