Grand Theft Auto, Red Dead & BioShock Publisher Take-Two Licenses Two IPs For Movie Production

Grand Theft Auto, Red Dead & BioShock Publisher Take-Two Licenses Two IPs For Movie Production

Dom Peppiatt

Take-Two has stated to games industry magazine MCV that it has licensed out two of its IPs for motion picture projects, though it's currently not at liberty to discuss exactly what these projects are.

Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick stated to MCV:

"We have licensed a couple of titles for motion picture production and we don’t have much more to say about that yet.

"We are certainly not going to use our own balance sheet to invest in motion pictures and TV. If other people want to license them and we can retain creative control, we are open-minded. The track record of the conversion of video game IP to motion pictures is spotty at best."

It's interesting to hear Take-Two reference the generally shoddy reputation videogame adaptations have when it comes to motion pictures, but the company's willingness to at least open up its IP to projects like this is promising: aside from the two projects the publisher has green-lit, it's also stated that other projects are on the table, as long as Take-Two gets to retain creative control.

Don't get too excited if you're thinking this news might mean we get a Grand Theft Auto or Red Dead film, though; Take-Two has a lot of properties under its belt, which we'll list below for you for reference:

  • BioShock
  • Borderlands
  • Civilization
  • Grand Theft Auto
  • Mafia
  • Max Payne
  • Midnight Club
  • MLB 2K
  • NBA 2K
  • Red Dead
  • WWE 2K
  • XCOM

Looking at that list, though, we're pretty sure anything that could come out of these projects would at least be mildly entertaining. Are there any you'd like to see in particular? Let us know below.

  • Twenty quid says it's Bioshock and Mafia.
  • This reminded me that there was talk of a Kane and lynch movie. Wonder if that's still going to be a thing.
  • My guess is Red Dead and Mafia. Both Westerns and Mafia Crime movie genres are starting to make a comeback.
  • Bioshock makes the most's Utopia meets Dystopia theme makes it more than a superficial action ride. it would have to be a big budget production, though. nothing else makes any sense, except possibly Xcom...
  • I would say bioshock red dead or mafia only ones that makes any sense to me. Max Payne has already been a movie so it's out
  • @2 Oh man I remember that, with Bruce Willis as Kane and Mickey Rourke as Lynch. Woulda been a great movie. Honestly, I dont think id want a Bioshock movie, because as videogame movies have proven time and time again, theyre fucking terrible, and i dont want Bioshock's brand tarnished by a godawful movie.
  • Mafia 3's story was great enough to be an actual movie. Borderlands would be a cool movie too if done right.
  • If the bioshock movies gets put back in production.......
  • Bioshock would make the most sense. A Mafia movie wouldn't stand out much because there aren't fuckloads of mob/crime movies. The general public wouldn't give a shit if it was based on a game or not.
  • If it's bioshock then keep ken levine away from it
  • Hopefully Bioshock!
  • I am sure there has been an article stating that Borderlands was being strongly tipped, my own choice would be Bioshock.
  • Ideally I would love a Bioshock and Red Dead Redemption movie. But I'd laugh h ass off if we end up with a Civilisation and WWE movie.
  • @2 and 6 There was a Kane and Lynch in development with talks of Bruce Willis and Jamie Foxx There was also already a Bioshock movie in development but last I heard they "ran out of money" shortly after production began Also Max Payne has already been turned into a (failed) movie (I liked it OK) They definitely wouldn't be making a MLB NBA or WWE into a movie and WWE has its own studio that "produces" straight to DVD movies "starring" their own "superstars" I think its a safe bet its Mafia and Red Dead Redemption although I would LOVE to see a Borderlands or XCOM movie (XCOM being one of my favorite IPs of all time)
  • Well, they already made a Max Payne movie, and that sucked as expected. So, whatever they actually end up making, I wouldn't get too excited about it, they will probably be B-tier movies with a C-tier director, enough to make some quick cash.
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