Take-Two Interactive Software CEO Strauss Zelnick has revealed that the multinational video game publisher isn’t planning to get deeply involved in making films, but they are currently considering licensing several of their titles for potential film adaptations – so long as they have some creative control.
Take-Two is the owner of such prestigious game publishers as Rockstar Games and 2K Games and are behind iconic franchises like “Grand Theft Auto,” “Bioshock,” “Borderlands” and “Red Dead Redemption” along with various 2K Sports titles. Speaking with MCV this week, Zelnick says:
“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 open-minded. 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.”
Gore Verbinski previously tried to develop a “Bioshock” film without much success, while talk of a potential “Borderlands” film has come up in recent years. The company also has one of 2017’s biggest game titles on the way later this year – “Red Dead Redemption 2”.