Eminem just about starred in a Grand Theft Auto movie, in accordance to a movie video games industry veteran shut to Rockstar Games.
Kirk Ewing, a good friend of GTA creators Sam and Dan Houser, get rid of light-weight on the unsuccessful venture throughout an physical appearance on U.K. rapper Bugzy Malone’s Grandest Match podcast, which is dedicated to the very best-advertising franchise.
Ewing unveiled a Hollywood agent pitched him on the concept shortly just after the release of Grand Theft Car III in 2001, at which place Eminem was just one of the best new rappers in the recreation thanks to his blockbuster 2000 album The Marshall Mathers LP.
He mentioned the Houser brothers have been made available $5 million for the legal rights to a film starring the Detroit rap icon and directed by Top rated Gun director Tony Scott. Although the duo experienced been toying with the idea of a movie tie-in with the video game, Sam Houser turned down the deal.
“[The agent] said: ‘Kirk, we’ve bought Eminem to star, and it is a Tony Scott film. $5 million on the nose. Are you fascinated?’” Ewing recalled. “And I phoned up Sam and I claimed: ‘Listen to this. They want Eminem in the Grand Theft Vehicle film and Tony Scott to immediate.’”
He ongoing: “And he claimed: ‘Not interested’ … They understood that the media franchise that they experienced was larger than any motion picture that was likely on at the time.”
Eminem is not the only rap star to have been pitched on crossing over into the Grand Theft Car universe. Very last year, Dr. Dre starred in and contributed new songs to The Contract, an update for Grand Theft Vehicle: Online.
Also starring Anderson .Paak, DJ Pooh and Jimmy Iovine, the immersive mission tasked gamers with retrieving Dre’s stolen mobile phone, which contained unreleased music, with enable from GTA V protagonist Franklin Clinton.
The significant-profile collaboration unlocked a slew of unique tunes from Dre’s vaults, such as collaborations with Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross, Busta Rhymes, Anderson .Paak, Ty Dolla $ign and the late Nipsey Hussle. Eminem also appeared on the track “Gospel.”
Hip Hop has been a mainstay on Grand Theft Automobile airwaves extended just before Dr. Dre entered the picture many thanks to rap-centric in-activity radio stations like Radio Los Santos (GTA: San Andreas), The Defeat 102.7 (GTA IV) and West Coast Classics (GTA V).
Tyler, The Creator, Pusha T, Freddie Gibbs and other people have also contributed authentic audio to GTA V, although The Sport, Ice-T and Danny Brown are among the the well-known names who’ve voiced characters in the popular prolonged-functioning sequence.
Though the Grand Theft Auto film didn’t pan out, Eminem would go on to make his major monitor debut in 8 Mile, the semi-biographical battle rap film that arrived in 2002. The Shady Information boss lately celebrated its 20th anniversary by releasing an expanded version of the accompanying soundtrack on streaming products and services.