As much as I usually shudder at the idea of a film adaption of a game, Take-Two reckons that a GTA film may prove lucrative. Speaking at the BMO Capital Markets Technology and digital media conference, Take-Two president Karl Slatoff said this about the subject of a film adaption:
“If you’re going to invest in a movie — you can make a lot of money on movies — but 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.”
All very sensible stuff. It begs the question on what Take-Two would lose given the very real possibility that it’s an awful film. As the owners of a billion dollar grossing GTA 5, they aren’t exactly light on funds, luckily for us. Would it even benefit them at all? Slatoff provided some insight on what he thinks:
“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 my opinion, a GTA film has the potential to make, if anything, a huge amount of money. The controversy alone surrounding the franchise will put butts in seats. Whether or not it’ll be anything other than a decent action/crime film is left to be seen. If I were Take-Two down the line, I’d just go silly with it and do a cross over film of every GTA protagonist ever, possibly even machinima style! Damn it, now they’ve got me thinking..
Last Updated: December 14, 2013