Things we'd like to see in a Grand Theft Auto movie

Though there has been no confirmation of a GTA movie, no one can deny that the games lend themselves to the cinema. There are plenty of "cinematic" moments in each GTA game, moments where the game seems to transcend its medium and become "art." And then there are those moments where you run-down various urban stereotypes in your stolen car while listening to commercials about shipping pets overnight in a box. Combining comedy and drama, crime and heroism, the GTA games feature compelling and complex characters and stories. Here's what we'd like to see in a GTA movie...

The Story

If you think about it, each of the games has a story that builds to a bloody showdown. CJ's story of redemption, Niko's twisted "American Dream," Tommy Vercetti's "Scarface"-like rise to power, and Catalina's downfall at the hands of the seemingly mute Claude all make for great drama. So no matter what, you've got a great tale of crime, revenge, violence and sex.

The Style

Would a GTA movie be a crime drama? An action flick? A satire? The GTA games are all of these things, and balancing the campy radio broadcasts, archetypes of crooked politicians and the weight of the character's stories is difficult to pull off. How do you get the audience to care what happens to a protagonist who beats hookers and steals their money? You hire a director who knows what he/she is doing.


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