Take-Two has revealed why there hasn’t been a Grand Theft Auto movie or TV series yet, and why there probably won’t ever be.
In a recent interview with TheWrap, Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick discussed why the game publisher hasn’t put GTA onto the big screen.
“Part of it is, if we were to do something like that, we’d want to have complete creative control to make sure we expressed [GTA] in the way we wanted – and that would mean we’d need to finance that motion picture,” Zelnick said.
He then clarified that funding a movie or any other form of on-screen adaptation isn’t the issue, it’s that “we don’t have the corporate expertise to do it, because only a handful of people inside Take-Two have ever worked in that business.”
Zelnick added that he’s one of the few people at Take-Two who have worked in the movie industry, but making movies isn’t what the company does for a living, so that would mean hiring someone else to do it.
“You have the most valuable intellectual property ever created by mankind, Grand Theft Auto, we wholly own and control it,” Zelnick said. “Are we really gonna let go of that and hope that someone, no matter how talented they are, will do a really good job of it?”
TheWrap then mentioned that George R. R. Martin had allowed for his A Song of Fire and Ice series of fantasy novels to be turned into the Game of Thrones TV series by HBO – which was, of course, very successful.
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To that, Zelnick responded: “But George Martin’s books are not worth what Grand Theft Auto is worth. Sorry.”
In the meantime, HBO still sees the value in Game of Thrones, having recently commissioned a spin-off prequel series House of the Dragon.
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