Actor Elijah Wood would love to see a Grand Theft Auto TV movie or TV show. Appearing on the Hot Ones show, the Lord of the Rings star said he thinks the universe of GTA could be ripe for additional storytelling opportunities outside of games.
“The universe of GTA lends itself beautifully to a screen adaptation or a TV show. I mean, I think, Vice City could be amazing, although that already is sort of inspired by Miami Vice. But GTA V I mean, the kinds of characters that are present within the context of that game very much lends itself, either to a film or a TV series that would be amazing,” he said.
In 2011, Rockstar Games co-founder Dan Houser said Rockstar has explored numerous Grand Theft Auto movie deals, but has yet to be convinced to bring the series to the big screen.
“We love movies, but we also love games and that is what we remain focused on. If we were to attempt to make a movie, we would like to make it ourselves, or at least work in collaboration with the best talent, so at least if it is bad, we can know we failed on our own terms,” Houser said at the time.
More recently, Karl Slatoff, the president of Rockstar’s parent company Take-Two, said movie deals can be lucrative–but they can also be problematic.
“As a licensor, you’ve got to look at what the success rate is, what the movie has to do for you to generate substantial economics that are worth taking the risk,” he said. “So if it’s a bad movie, does that hurt your franchise or not? So there is always a balance that has to be struck there. But obviously, we consider those inbound requests. We take those inbound requests. So it’s something we consider at this point, but again it’s not core to what we do.”
In 2015, the BBC released an unofficial Rockstar TV movie called The Gamechangers starring Daniel Radcliffe as Rockstar co-founder Sam Houser and Bill Paxton as lawyer Jack Thompson. Rockstar bashed the movie, saying it was “random, made-up bollocks.”
Going back to the Hot Ones interview, Wood said he’s very excited to see the new Resident Evil movies. He said it was a shame the earlier ones did not “lean on the world that was established” in the games, but he believes the new projects might do a better job.
He also commented on the differences between immersive, interactive entertainment like gaming and more passive media like movies and TV shows.
“There are moments playing sequels of Silent Hills that were genuinely disturbing to play. You’re not sitting back and watching something. You are making the choice to go down that hallway … I think in that sense, there is a level of suspense within the context of the interactivity that makes it maybe more scary,” he said.
Wood’s production company, SpectreVision, worked with Ubisoft on the horror game Transference.
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