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Grand Theft Auto Movie May Not Appear

Last week Dan Houser of Rockstar Games told The Los Angeles Times said that he doesn't believe the Grand Theft Auto franchise can be "adequately" compressed into a two-hour movie. Houser's comment is just a small part of an overall story centering on movies based on video games. Although many bad movies have resulted from licensing, recent short flicks generated from Microsoft and Ubisoft are showing that a major change is taking place between game publishers and movie studios.

Still, the results stemming from Hollywood deals surrounding Doom, Street Fighter, House of the Dead and more box office bombs have IP owners somewhat scared of Hollywood. Others, such as Rockstar Games, doesn't seem to think the content can be crammed into a motion picture, as Houser explained. Naturally, there are also the creative differences between Hollywood executives and the game's creators.

"It seems obvious to us that maintaining the long-term integrity of any entertainment property has been dependent on not making substandard spin-off products to people whose primary interest is making a quick buck," Houser added. "If we ever decide to do a film, it will be because we have resolved our creative doubts, and while retaining enough control to ensure that if the movie is terrible, at least we will know we ruined the property ourselves."