Don’t Expect a Grand Theft Auto Movie; Fox Owns The Rights to the Title

Still holding out for a Grand Theft Auto movie? Well, there’s just one little snag. It seems Take-Two actually cannot make a movie with the title “Grand Theft Auto.” That’s because back in 1977, Fox released a film written, directed, and starring Ron Howard by that exact name. Right now, Fox Atomic owns the rights to the title. According to a studio insider though, any sort of follow-up to that movie is highly unlikely:

“Yes, Fox owns the Corman movie. Yes, it has been one of 400 development projects for several years. But they are nowhere on the script. It has certainly not been a front-burner project.”

Furthermore, an agreement between the two companies says that Fox cannot make a game with that title, and Take-Two can’t release a movie with it either. I’m not sure if that leaves the possibility of a movie titled “GTA: Grand Theft Auto” or something open, though I kind of doubt it. Point is: this is one big hurdle a movie based on the game would have to overcome, since it’s the title that would mostly sell it to gamers.

Via Deadline Hollywood Daily

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6 Comments on Don’t Expect a Grand Theft Auto Movie; Fox Owns The Rights to the Title

ManOfTeal

On June 25, 2008 at 12:47 pm

Wow, look at that, another ty movie that was made the year that I was born…..Thank Goodness that Star Wars originally was released in 1977 otherwise I might just have to cry.

Go Marlins!!!!

Denzel

On June 25, 2008 at 1:07 pm

Why Not Call it librity city storys or somthing like that (sry for my spelling)

Matt

On June 25, 2008 at 4:55 pm

Does anybody else think Grand Theft Auto would NOT make a good movie? One of the biggest things that make GTA fun is being in control of the character, and having fun doing crazy things. The only type of story line I could think of to fit the GTA style(rags to riches theme) would be if it copied the movie Scarface.

Mustikos

On June 25, 2008 at 8:44 pm

I am not sure I would want to see this become a movie either just on the fact of how crappy most games to movies are.

Daniel

On June 26, 2008 at 1:34 am

that’d be en stupid… go up saints row or something that nobody cares about… not gta4! the whole ing point of the game is that u control him and do what u want (like what matt said)…. if i wanted to see some bull movie like that, i would watch scarface all en over again(which actually made me feel like grabbing something and cutting off my ears)

ffs im sure there are some people out there who have always wanted a game where u could do whatever the u wanted to! be that taking cars…. driving on footpaths rather than roads…. and now u want to make some movie out of it…. hmmm that’d be like playing a linear version of gta4

iKiddo

On June 26, 2008 at 3:36 am

Daniel you are false … Saints row 2 WILL be the gta killer.