Jack Black Wants Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption Films

Hollywood actor and music personality, Jack Black, lately known for his roles in video game adaptations such as “Jumanji” and “The Super Mario Bros. Movie,” recently opened up about his thoughts on potential big-screen projects. During a conversation with Total Film, Black spoke about his upcoming work in the “Borderlands” movie and his desire to see cinematic adaptations from Rockstar Games.

Black on Rockstar Games

In his interview, Jack Black shared his thoughts on video games that should be adapted into movies. He put particular focus on the library of one studio – Rockstar Games. He specifically mentioned two of their titles, Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption.

“I can’t believe they haven’t already started making a movie of any of the Rockstar Games – Grand Theft Auto, but especially Red Dead Redemption. Those things are already like movies, you know? I guess that’s the thing. Some video games are already halfway there to telling those kind of stories, and there are some movies that are like video games.”

Background of Recommended Games

Grand Theft Auto, first launched back in the mid-1990s, and the Red Dead series have won great affection and sparked heated controversy among gamers. Both franchises invite players into open-world environments where they can largely dictate their virtual experiences. While Grand Theft Auto deals with urban crime sprees, the Red Dead series frames its narrative in the Wild West, following traditional western storylines.

Though the franchises would make intriguing films, the task comes with its own set of challenges. These games’ charm lies in their open-world gameplay, which allows players to interact freely within the game world – a factor that differentiates video games from movies. This aspect may explain why neither series has yet received a film adaptation.

Borderlands, featuring Jack Black as the voice of the robot Claptrap, and other stars including Kevin Hart, Cate Blanchett, and Jamie Lee Curtis, is set to release on August 9.

As a reminder, Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle is ready to stream for Hulu subscribers, and users can catch The Super Mario Bros. Movie on Netflix.

Wrapping Up

It remains to be seen if Jack Black’s wish for Rockstar Games to make the jump to the silver screen will come true. Meanwhile, video game enthusiasts can look forward to the release of his latest project, Borderlands. For more updates about video games and their adaptations, check out HitPlay.

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