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A GTA (VI) Movie that'd work


rjmthe2nd

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We've all seen GTA movie ideas and how redundant a film would be but I've thought of an intriguing approach to it, at least in a way that people would probably WANT to go see it.

 

It involves the protagonist (or people) being sucked into the game Pleasantville style after buying a used copy from a weird unknown game store...

Within that world we'd see real life models of the in game vehicles, and maybe even cameos from the GTA V protagonists.

 

 

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I think no GTA movie can ever work.

 

GTA is already a rip-off from many different movies (like Vice City and Scarface or GTA V and Heat). So taking GTA and devolving it back to cinema once again can't be a good idea. You already filtered many things from cinema to videogame and then you filter it once again to give it back to cinema. Many things will be lost in the process and the overall quality will be lame (my opinion).

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as @Wolfman_ said, just about all the GTA games are inspired, rip-off and parody many famous movies. (and don't tell me about the whole story about how the writers don't watch movies/TV shows to avoid plagiarism)

it's not a bad thing, however, in a movie adaption it just doesn't work for many reasons.

now you mentioned the idea that somebody would get stuck inside the game world, but I just can't see something like Rockstar taking a movie approach with GTA like that.

I'm not trying to discredit your idea at all though.

 

in fact, I'm pretty sure a similar movie is coming out called Free Guy where it's somebody in a game world.

the movie seems to even feature that chaotic feel that GTA Online has in free roam.

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If someone would ever try to make a GTA movie, either make it a RAGE-based 3D animation or have enough budget to modify vehicles to look like the fictional ones from the world of GTA. The latter also applies to stuff like location(s).

 

Alternatively, make it use as much as CGI as possible and only make people real, even if that would mean the movie would be fake as f*ck. /s

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Making a movie would be a waste of time and resources for R*. Why bother to make a linear cinematic medium when you can translate your ideas into a more interactive medium (aka video game)? 

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Spin-off type of thing could work. So the film or series would not play out like GTA's gameplay or would not follow some GTA protagonist like character, but rather it would feature GTA universe with GTA locations, brands, humor, etc. I've suggested mockumentary type of shows like "San Andreas big foot hunters" or "COPS, Las Venturas"

 

no wait thats kinda already made

 

 

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12 hours ago, testarossa 86 said:

as @Wolfman_ said, just about all the GTA games are inspired, rip-off and parody many famous movies. (and don't tell me about the whole story about how the writers don't watch movies/TV shows to avoid plagiarism)

it's not a bad thing, however, in a movie adaption it just doesn't work for many reasons.

now you mentioned the idea that somebody would get stuck inside the game world, but I just can't see something like Rockstar taking a movie approach with GTA like that.

I'm not trying to discredit your idea at all though.

 

in fact, I'm pretty sure a similar movie is coming out called Free Guy where it's somebody in a game world.

the movie seems to even feature that chaotic feel that GTA Online has in free roam.

 

Reason why my idea is focused on the film itself and the characters being in a game world is because it allows it to literally be GTA in movie form.

 

 

Making a GTA movie that looks like a typical action film with drama (Scarface, Godfather etc) would be redundant. 

 

So none of you wouldn't be interested in seeing the fictional worlds in reality? Example given: 

 

 

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6 hours ago, [Ambient] said:

If someone would ever try to make a GTA movie, either make it a RAGE-based 3D animation or have enough budget to modify vehicles to look like the fictional ones from the world of GTA. The latter also applies to stuff like location(s).

 

Alternatively, make it use as much as CGI as possible and only make people real, even if that would mean the movie would be fake as f*ck. /s

 

I'd say the ones who were sucked into the game would be real, the in game characters like Franklin's VA for example would have his face deepfake'd to look more like Franklin.

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13 hours ago, Wolfman_ said:

I think no GTA movie can ever work.

 

GTA is already a rip-off from many different movies (like Vice City and Scarface or GTA V and Heat). 

I generally agree with your point, particularly about VC being a Scarface rip-off for the most part, but where does GTA V rip off Heat? I've seen this point brought up plenty of times, but aside from the fact that you have a bunch of old heads robbing banks and Michael looking like De Niro's character, I fail to see any more similarities. It certainly served as an inspiration, though.

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testarossa 86
5 hours ago, rjmthe2nd said:

 

Reason why my idea is focused on the film itself and the characters being in a game world is because it allows it to literally be GTA in movie form.

 

 

Making a GTA movie that looks like a typical action film with drama (Scarface, Godfather etc) would be redundant. 

 

So none of you wouldn't be interested in seeing the fictional worlds in reality? Example given: 

 

 

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I'd say the ones who were sucked into the game would be real, the in game characters like Franklin's VA for example would have his face deepfake'd to look more like Franklin.

I think it would be neat to see vehicles and other things from GTA in real life.

however, I could really never see a GTA movie be a thing, regardless if it is or isn't about criminal acts.

there's other games out there I can see getting turned into a movie such as Assassin's Creed. (despite the one that came out in 2016 being bad)

again, I understand the idea you are saying that the character gets "teleported" into the game world, but that's sort of being done already with a movie coming out later this year, Free Guy.

 

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5 hours ago, RenegadeAngel said:

I generally agree with your point, particularly about VC being a Scarface rip-off for the most part, but where does GTA V rip off Heat? I've seen this point brought up plenty of times, but aside from the fact that you have a bunch of old heads robbing banks and Michael looking like De Niro's character, I fail to see any more similarities. It certainly served as an inspiration, though.

there's a few references to Heat in GTA V.

the best one I can think of off the top of my head is the beginning of Heat where they take down an armored van.

same thing happens in GTA V, Franklin rams a armored truck and all 3 are wearing similar outfits to the ones in Heat.

Michael shares similarities to Neil McCauley in Heat as well.

the overall theme of the game sort of does reflect Heat in someway, although I would not consider GTA V as a complete rip-off of Heat.

also GTA IV also has a heist mission that is obviously from Heat.

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I still think TV is a better medium for GTA and by TV I mean on one of the cable networks like HBO or on streaming like Netflix. I don't think a GTA movie would work because it would be too short. There are a lot of things that we do in these games that would be difficult to include because of time. A TV show works better because they have more time it gives them the ability to do a lot of storylines and develop characters during the course of a season. Movies are short either 2 hours or so while a TV show can run for a couple of years. Watching the credits roll at the end of a 10-13 episode season feels much more better imo.

 

 

 

 

They could incorporate a lot of the famous things that the games do like rampages. At the end of a couple of episodes if the main character goes on a rampage or gets busted the next episode would start with the protagonist leaving the hospital or the police station. Each episode could be a mission/set of missions.

 

They could also do what Fargo does or what Underbelly did and each season could be set in a different time period in a different city with a different set of characters.

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6 hours ago, RenegadeAngel said:

I generally agree with your point, particularly about VC being a Scarface rip-off for the most part, but where does GTA V rip off Heat? I've seen this point brought up plenty of times, but aside from the fact that you have a bunch of old heads robbing banks and Michael looking like De Niro's character, I fail to see any more similarities. It certainly served as an inspiration, though.

 

- There's the resemblance between the V Michael and the Heat Michael. 

 

- The Blitz Play mission is identical to one of the movie sequences. 

 

- Some characters like Lester (and I think that even Trevor) were inspired by characters of Heat.

 

- They're both set in Los Angeles.

 

But I admit that the concept of the game and the movie are very different. So yes, V/Heat isn't an example as strong as Vice City/Scarface. Vice City is almost a complete Scarface rip-off.

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32 minutes ago, Wolfman_ said:

Vice City is almost a complete Scarface rip-off.

How? Aside from the ending and mansion I hardly see much Scarface in Vice City.

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37 minutes ago, Zello said:

How? Aside from the ending and mansion I hardly see much Scarface in Vice City.

 

I think the final mission is the most notable example, but the entire game is pretty much inspired by Scarface (and Miami Vice). The themes, atmosphere, seting, characters, soundtrack... they all seem very Scarface to me, and R* is very clear about the inspirations for the game (easter eggs, references etc.). It's no secret and it doesn't diminish their merit in creating Vice City.

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1 minute ago, Wolfman_ said:

 

I think the final mission is the most notable example, but the entire game is pretty much inspired by Scarface (and Miami Vice). The themes, atmosphere, seting, characters, soundtrack... they all seem very Scarface to me, and R* is very clear about the inspirations for the game (easter eggs, references etc.). It's no secret and it doesn't diminish their merit in creating Vice City.

They felt more Miami Vice to me instead of Scarface.

 

Tommy didn't really feel like Tony at all.

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It could work but they'd have to really play into how much GTA's version of America is a twisted place where everyone and everything is terrible. From there make a hybrid of "crank" and a "training day" type film where you follow someone's particularly f*cked up day which starts with a typical gta betrayal as they navigate the city in a revenge story filled with twists and lots of backstabbing.

 

Throw in a bunch of celebrities playing hammed up versions of characters they've played in the past to suit the over the top world and you've got a box office hit lol.

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I've said this before and I'll say it again. I think a GTA film would work, considering the Housers have always written from that perspective. There are mission critical things in my world, my opinion, that depend on that hypothetical being a success, Not least of all the Film actually being an animation rather than live-action.

 

Preferably it would be 2D and drawn. This stylization, along with focusing on the Renderware era of characters and cities, would make for an awesome GTA animated film.  The boxart springs to life. (When it gets realistic, I.e. IV, is when you want to consider making that a live action film... but in my opinion a live action GTA would never work because someone's acting would always ham it up somewhere, Or have characters portrayed by famous people that take the audience out of the viewing experience. (I know alot of the renderware games have actual celebrities in them - I'd rather still just have their voice work, which means actors could be changed easily to0.)

 

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There already is a GTA movie - it's called Heat (1995) starring Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Val Kilmer ;)

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On 4/5/2021 at 6:57 PM, rjmthe2nd said:

We've all seen GTA movie ideas and how redundant a film would be but I've thought of an intriguing approach to it, at least in a way that people would probably WANT to go see it.

 

It involves the protagonist (or people) being sucked into the game Pleasantville style after buying a used copy from a weird unknown game store...

Within that world we'd see real life models of the in game vehicles, and maybe even cameos from the GTA V protagonists.

 

 

Your dream movie already exists.

 

 

 

It's not two hours, but does it need to be?

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10 hours ago, vcfan1991 said:

There already is a GTA movie - it's called Heat (1995) starring Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Val Kilmer ;)

 

There are plenty of GTA movies out there. I can name a few: Scarface, Casino, Carlito's Way, Goodfellas, Boyz 'N' The Hood.

 

Plus: Ray Donovan is pretty much a GTA TV show.

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6 hours ago, Wolfman_ said:

 

There are plenty of GTA movies out there. I can name a few: Scarface, Casino, Carlito's Way, Goodfellas, Boyz 'N' The Hood.

 

Plus: Ray Donovan is pretty much a GTA TV show.

 

Menace ll Society is another one.

 

This proves what I said to be true though, why make a GTA movie in the same vein as those already listed? 

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2 hours ago, rjmthe2nd said:

Menace ll Society is another one.

 

This proves what I said to be true though, why make a GTA movie in the same vein as those already listed? 

 

I personally wouldn't be interested in a different type of GTA movie, like the one you mentioned previously. But that's just me.

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I thought Drive was a pretty good "GTA like" type movie. I think a GTA movie could work. It would just depend on the quality of how it's transformed as most video game movies tend to suck balls.

 

A tv show would probably be a better candidate platform though. That's why The Witcher 3, The Last Of Us etc have their own tv shows/getting their own tv shows. A tv show would allow more room to expand the story arcs across multiple seasons rather than being crammed into a couple of hours. GTA IV's story is primed for being transformed into a tv show IMO. If it were me everything up until Vlad's death would be season 1. Up until Dimitri's betrayal would be season 2 and so on.

 

In saying that something entirely new/original would most likely be a better choice than taking an existing story and making it into a movie/tv show. 

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On 4/8/2021 at 8:16 PM, Wolfman_ said:

 

I personally wouldn't be interested in a different type of GTA movie, like the one you mentioned previously. But that's just me.

 

 

Problem is, if there's a GTA film in typical Michael Bay fashion or Godfather tone, it'd be completely pointless because the games have done that. You can't condense a Serious, story driven, action GTA film in 2 hours. 

 

 

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