Rockstar has denied reports it almost gave the go-ahead to a Grand Theft Auto film last year, saying the company is "not interested" in bringing the series to the big screen.

According to Variety, a deal to develop a GTA movie was "virtually in place with one of the six major studios" last spring. "Eminem was quite possibly going to star," apparently. The deal supposedly fell through at the last minute after Take-Two failed to agree terms with the studio.

Now Rockstar bossman Dan Houser has responded to the report, stating the company never considered being involved with any such project.

"Some movie producers were trying to put something together to entice us to make a movie, as studios and production teams frequently have done in the past," he told MTV.

"This proposal was no more interesting than the numerous others we receive. We never entertained proceeding with the project."

Houser further clarified, "Rockstar was not involved in this project in any way, shape or form." When asked if there are any plans to produce a GTA film in the future he replied, "It is not something we are currently interested in."

More than 65 million GTA games have now been sold around the globe, fact fans. That number will increase when Grand Theft Auto IV gets a simultaneous worldwide release for PS3 and Xbox 360 on April 29th. For all the latest news, screenshots and videos, visit the GTA IV gamepage.

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