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Rockstar Games dispels Grand Theft Auto: The Movie rumours

"It's much easier to imagine GTA as a TV series" says gaming firm's co-founder Dan Houser.
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Rockstar Games has put the rumours surrounding a movie based on its hits property Grand Theft Auto.

At least for now.

In an exclusive with the Guardian, Dan Houser, co founder of Rockstar Games, discussed the often mooted idea of Grand Theft Auto inspired film.

Houser said: "We've been offered, many times, and it's never appealed. The money's never been close to be worth risking one's crown jewels."

Rockstar Games brought the world computer game properties such as Red Dead Redemption, Max Payne 3 and L.A. Noire.

"Our small dabblings with Hollywood have always left us running back to games," continued Houser. "The freedom we have to do what we want creatively is of enormous value.

"The second you go near Hollywood, people seem willing, or have been forced, to lose a lot of that control. That sort of amorphous 'that won't test well' attitude is exactly how we don't work.

"We've always tried to think of stuff that's innovative and new, and to go into a world where that's not encouraged would be horrible.

"It's much easier to imagine GTA as a TV series, as the form is closer, but I still think we'd be losing too much to ever actually do it."

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