Grand Theft Auto is the fourth-highest selling video game franchise of all time. The fact that it has not made the transition to the world of feature films or television is kind of astonishing at this point. Well, if one rumor is true, the billion-dollar series is finally going to make its way to the world of cinema.
According to We Got This Covered, a feature film that is loosely based on the events of Grand Theft Auto V is in the earliest stages of development. There is no confirmation of how much this potential movie would be adapting from the fifth entry in the video game franchise. So, we do not know if this movie would include prominent roles for the popular main characters from Grand Theft Auto V: Michael De Santa, Franklin Clinton, and Trevor Philips.
It makes a lot of sense to use Grand Theft Auto V as the inspiration for a movie since it is the most popular and best-selling entry in the entire franchise. Even seven years after its release, the sequel continues to maintain a level of popularity with fans and gamers. It was a critical and commercial success that continues to reverberate throughout both the video game world and the entirety of pop culture. And the game has even been used to recreate some notable movie moments.
A Grand Theft Auto movie would be fascinating to see since the series is a pointed satire of the crime genre. How much of that over-the-top humor and ridiculous violence/action would make its way to a feature film? Those aspects are expected tenets of the franchise and would be essential to any movie or television series based on the property.
And if this possible movie is going to take the majority of its inspiration from Grand Theft Auto V, could we possibly see the three main actors from that game appear as some version their characters? It would be wild to see Shawn Fonteno, Ned Luke, and Steven Ogg make the transition from the game to the big screen. Even if it was only in cameo capacities, it would be a real treat for longtime fans of the series.
However, mentioning the big screen poses another question: would a Grand Theft Auto movie be something that would be marketed for theatrical distribution? Or would it be better served on a streaming platform like Netflix? The accessibility that streaming platforms offer would make a Grand Theft Auto a surefire success on Netflix. And it would also allow the filmmakers to avoid any content issues with the MPA (Motion Picture Association). That kind of freedom to be as vulgar and violent as possible would definitely be another aspect that fans would expect from a Grand Theft Auto movie.
Here’s hoping this rumor turns out to be true. It would be fantastic to see such a wacky and thrilling video game series get turned into a blockbuster movie. If it can be as funny and exciting as Grand Theft Auto V, we will be very happy for this project to see the light of day.