Eminem almost starred in a ‘Grand Theft Auto’ movie

Eminem almost starred in one Grand Theft Auto movie, according to a video game industry veteran close to Rockstar Games.

Kirk Ewing, a friend of GTA creators Sam and Dan Houser, shed light on the failed project during an appearance on British rapper Bugzy Malone’s Big games podcast dedicated to the best-selling franchise.

Ewing revealed that a Hollywood agent pitched him on the idea shortly after its release Grand Theft Auto III in 2001, when Eminem was one of the hottest new rappers in the game thanks to his blockbuster 2000 album Marshall Mathers LP.

He said the Houser brothers were offered $5 million for the rights to a movie starring the Detroit rap icon and directed by Top Gun director Tony Scott. While the duo had toyed with the idea of ​​a movie tie-in with the game, Sam Houser rejected the deal.

“[The agent] said, ‘Kirk, we’ve got Eminem starring and it’s a Tony Scott movie. 5 million dollars on the nose. Are you interested?’” Ewing recalled. “And I called Sam and I said, ‘Listen. They want Eminem in Grand Theft Auto film and Tony Scott to direct.”

He continued: “And he said, ‘Not interested’ … They realized that the media franchise they had was bigger than any movie that was going on at the time.”

Eminem isn’t the only rap star to have been busted when he crossed over Grand Theft Auto universe. Last year, Dr. Dre participated and contributed new music to The contractan update to Grand Theft Auto: Online.

Also starring Anderson .Paak, DJ Pooh and Jimmy Iovine, the immersive mission tasked players with retrieving Dre’s stolen phone, which contained unreleased music, with the help of GTA V main character Franklin Clinton.

The high-profile collaboration unlocked a a series of exclusive songs from Dre’s vaultsincluding collaborations with Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross, Busta rhymes, Anderson .Paak, Ty Dolla $ign and the late Nipsey Hussle. Eminem also appeared on the song “Gospel”.

Hip Hop has been a mainstay of Grand Theft Auto the airwaves long before dr. Dre entered the picture thanks to in-game rap-centric radio stations like Radio Los Santos (GTA: San Andreas), The Beat 102.7 (GTA IV) and West Coast Classics (GTA V).

Dr. Dre had ‘no idea’ what ‘Grand Theft Auto’ was about before ‘The Contract’ collaboration

Tyler, the Creator, Pusha T, Freddie Gibbs and others have too contributed original music to GTA Vwhile The Game, Ice-T and Danny Brown are among the famous names who have voiced characters in the popular long-running series.

Though Grand Theft Auto movie didn’t pan out, Eminem would go on to make his big screen debut 8 milesthe semi-biographical battle rap film that arrived in 2002. The Shady Records boss recently celebrated his 20th anniversary by releasing a extended version of the accompanying soundtrack on streaming services.

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