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'Grand Theft Auto' movie offers turned down

Grand Theft Auto movie pitches from several Hollywood studios have been rejected in the past.

Series creator Dan House revealed that the game has never been adapted for cinema because the money on offer has never been worth the risk and the level of creative freedom would be restricted.

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"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," he told The Guardian.

"Our small dabblings with Hollywood have always left us running back to games. 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."

The latest entry is the bestselling crime series, GTA 5, will be released for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on September 17.

> GTA 5 timeline: From announcement to release, every trailer so far

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What is the best Grand Theft Auto game?
Grand Theft Auto (1997)4.38%
Grand Theft Auto 2 (1999)0.64%
Grand Theft Auto: London, 1969 (1999)2.31%
Grand Theft Auto III (2001)4.94%
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002)24.56%
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004)45.59%
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (2005)0.75%
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (2006)1.21%
Grand Theft Auto IV (2008)10.57%
Grand Theft Auto: The Lost and Damned (2009)0.81%
Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony (2009)2.84%
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (2009)1.39%
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