Eminem almost starred in a movie adaptation of one of the biggest gaming franchises

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Apparently we could have gotten a Rockstar Eminem movie, according to a new report.

Rockstar is pretty much synonymous with Grand Theft Auto, and it’s not surprising why that is. It’s the most profitable (and probably the most popular and well-known) gaming franchise and entertainment product in the world. And if you’ve ever wondered why a gaming giant like GTA never got any sort of movie tie or adaptation, well, that’s because the Houser brothers just weren’t interested.

Game developer and industry veteran Kirk Ewing spoke to the BBC on their podcast and explained that he had been approached with a film offer for a GTA adaptation starring Eminem. With the release of GTA III in 2001, the series had really taken the spotlight while Eminem had just released his Marshall Mathers LP.

According to Ewing, the Houser brothers had toyed with the idea of ​​a GTA film adaptation, but when Hollywood called with a $5 million offer for the rights, starring Eminem and Tony Scott directing, Sam Houser said, “Not interested.”

Ewing mentions that, as far as he knows, this was the last time the Housers ever discussed the possibility of bringing Grand Theft Auto to the big screen. He also speculates that the brothers probably knew they had struck gold with GTA and that it was worth more than any movie deal they could have gotten at the time. And now, given the success of subsequent releases and the incredible hype surrounding GTA VI, they clearly weren’t wrong.

GTA V and GTA Online remain some of the most popular PlayStation games today, and with GTA VI on the horizon, there’s still plenty of life in this series.

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