Taxi Driver [XBOX / PS2 – Cancelled]

Taxi Driver [XBOX / PS2 – Cancelled]

Taxi Driver is a 1976 film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Paul Schrader. The movie is set in New York City, soon after the Vietnam War and it stars Robert De Niro as the main protagonist. In 2005 Papaya Studios were working on a Taxi Driver game that was going to be published by Majesco for the Xbox and the Playstation 2, but something went wrong during the development and the project was never released.

The game was essentially canceled because Majesco ran out of money – if you correlate their financial difficulties during that time, they went from thinking they could print their own money (because of the initial massive success of putting episodes of licensed cartoons like SpongeBob SquarePants on GBA cartridges) to seeing multiple investments fall flat. They had a yen for buying up movie properties to make into games (like the poorly-received PS2 version of JAWS) that worked out about as well as it did for Brash Entertainment. Who is out of business now.

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9 thoughts on “Taxi Driver [XBOX / PS2 – Cancelled]

  1. Matt

    huh? I forgot all about this game. looks quite interesting I think though it was most likely another GTA clone.

  2. Blue

    The game was essentially canceled because Majesco ran out of money – if you correlate their financial difficulties during that time, they went from thinking they could print their own money (because of the initial massive success of putting episodes of licensed cartoons like SpongeBob SquarePants on GBA cartridges) to seeing multiple investments fall flat. They had a yen for buying up movie properties to make into games (like the poorly-received PS2 version of JAWS) that worked out about as well as it did for Brash Entertainment. Who is out of business now. So there you go. :P

  3. dude

    Taxi driver was a good movie but except for that last part it was not really action packed. I could see this being real tough to pull off.

  4. Travis Bickle

    Its a shame this game was cancelled as it might have gotten some of my rage toward the filth and scum in this hell hole we call earth out.

    Guess now I’ll have to call easy andy and buy a .44magnum and play it out in real life.

  5. Jimmy Jones JR's BBQ Steakhouse

    A Taxi Driver game taking place after the movie wouldn’t be too great, but you could assume that Travis probably went out and killed more than like the 3 criminals we saw during the movie.

    The gameplay looked ridiculous, but having the story recreate the movie could’ve been awesome with the right developer. Similar with The Warriors and the Godfather game.

  6. I'm hip.

    In some ways i feel i played this game in Liberty City Stories on ps2. That game featured a custom Cabbie called a Bickle and a replayable vigilante side mission. Overall i like Stories more than GTA3 and wish it would be added to ps2 on ps4 game library.

  7. JudgeCal

    According to an interview with Dan Kitchen in issue 212 of Retro Gamers magazine, the game was canceled due to interference from Martin Scorsese.

    “The game was about three quarters complete when I get a call from Sony telling me we had a problem. Marty doesn’t want you to do the game. I was like Marty who…wait you mean Martin Scorsese? Holy Sh*t! I reminded them we’d already paid out $1.5 million on this game and we couldn’t just kill it. They said, ‘Marty says if you go ahead with the Taxi Driver game, I’ll make sure you never license another f***ing movie again.’ We canceled it. Just like that.”

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