Rockstar’s VP of Creative Dan Houser doesn’t believe a GTA movie would work due to the creative limitations of the film industry.
Houser, speaking to the LA Times, said:
“We don’t believe that the Grand Theft Auto games, which are massive in scope and structurally complex, can be adequately compressed into a two-hour movie.”
Houser then claimed that Rockstar weren’t about to ruin their hard-earned reputation for quality and integrity:
“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.”
This would explain Rockstar’s “cold feet” in the past. Houser, however, did not fully rule-out a GTA movie:
“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.”
Too late, Ron Howard already did that over 30 years ago.