On my last article, 5 Video Games That Totally Need Their Own Movie, I placed the Grand Theft Auto series in the number two spot with Vice City as a possible movie setting, and while it is unknown if Rockstar Games will follow on our movie wishes, there are several movies, old and new, that we can use as reference points on how a Grand Theft Auto movie based in Vice City could potentially look and feel like.
Tony Montana, Scarface
Our first reference point takes us to the hot and dangerous streets of ‘80s South Beach, Miami in the 1983 classic, Scarface. The Miami gangster movie starring Al Pacino, tells the story of Cuban immigrant Tony Montana and his rise to power in the criminal underworld. When it looks like he has achieved paradise, gaining money, power, and respect, Tony makes the mistake of consuming his own merchandise, which leads to his epic demise at the end of the film with one of the bests scenes in the history of cinema (Say hello to my little friend!).
Grand Theft Auto: Vice CIty actually has some influence from Scarface, as the protagonist from the game, Tommy Vercetti, has certain resemblance to the Cuban crime lord. Tommy’s mansion in the game also looks accurately similar to Tony’s mansion in Scarface, and the final mission of the game closely resembled the historic “Say hello to my little friend” scene from the movie.
Even though the game is set around the time of Scarface, a movie based on Vice City doesn’t have to be set in the ‘80s or early ‘90s, as a modern time setting would work just as great. Which leads to our second reference point, the movie Pain & Gain.
The City Of Miami In Pain & Gain
The 2013 movie starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Mark Wahlberg, Pain & Gain, takes us to the latest representation of the city of Miami in an action movie. The movie, which tells the story of a man who believes in fitness, and crime, has incredible cinematic shots of the city and balances the action-packed sequences throughout the city with humor and occasional muscle flexing. A modern take on Grand Theft Auto: Vice City would be great to see in a movie, as we yet haven’t experienced a present representation of it in the game series, as opposed to Liberty City and San Andreas which were set in present times in GTA IV and GTA V.
The Fast And The Furious
Our last reference point takes us to The Fast and the Furious franchise, primarily the latest installment, Furious 7. While the movie was not set in Miami, the movie does contain incredible amounts of action and awe-moments. Combine the intense action sequences of The Fast and the Furious, with the feel and sophistication of Scarface and the humor and visual representation of Miami from Pain & Gain, I think we got ourselves a GTA movie!
The Fast and the Furious franchise started off as a street-racing-centered set of movies, but soon turned the cool rides and flag-waving race girls, to exploding buildings and parachuting-sports cars; definitely something you’ll find in any Grand Theft Auto game. A Grand Theft Auto Movie could be set in any of the famous fictional cities from the game, or, it could incorporate all of them, either way, Vice City is definitely a must have, with rumor being that GTA 6 will be set in the tropical city.