Take-Two jumps on GTA movie hopes, Activision speculation

Take-Two (TTWO +4.1%) president Karl Slatoff says his company is weighing the pros and cons of bringing Grand Theft Auto to the big screen. He adds Take-Two doesn't think a weak box office showing would hurt the GTA game franchise.

Dan Houser, the co-founder of GTA developer Rockstar Games, also appears open to doing a GTA movie. However, he insists Rockstar would want to make the film on its own.

Benchmark's Mike Hickey thinks a GTA film makes sense, and that it could compel Activision (ATVI +0.3%), rumored to be hatching plans for its own movie studio, to acquire Take-Two.

Hickey calls an Activision/Take-Two deal a "no-brainer," given Take-Two's developer talent, IP, and low valuation. He notes Activision can lower its business volatility by staggering Rockstar, Bungie, and Blizzard releases, and that Take-Two could help offset World of Warcraft's ongoing decline and Skylanders competition from Disney.

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  • XTigerX
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    The set scenes in at the beginning and end of important missions are above average short films. If they can keep the quality in live action then it will be an above average action movie. I bet live action is more expensive though.


    I for one would see opening night though. GTA is a landmark in video games. The movie would be part of the legacy.
    29 Aug 2014, 11:58 AM Reply Like
  • cjdyar
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    This is interesting, they have the cash to do it.
    31 Aug 2014, 05:42 PM Reply Like
  • benyboy
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    Lets GOO!!!
    31 Aug 2014, 10:48 PM Reply Like
  • pocohonta
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    They can make it an interactive movie where movie goers control their own avatar and pick fight with each other with a joystick.
    2 Sep 2014, 12:37 AM Reply Like
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