The BBC is making an unofficial movie about Grand Theft Auto, one that has already earned it a lawsuit. That hasn’t stopped it from proceeding, however, and it boasts some big name actors on its roster: Daniel Radcliffe who will be playing Rockstar Games’ co-founder Sam Houser, and Bill Paxton who will be playing former attorney Jack Thompson, the story’s antagonist. The movie has an official name now, and it has its first trailer.
Put more specifically, The Gamechangers is a movie about the story revolving around the game — its creation, its legal battles, and all the drama necessary to keep viewers entertained. A trailer for the movie cropped up on YouTube earlier today, and it hints at what looks to be a promising flick.
Grand Theft Auto faced a lot of push from critics who took issue with its subject matter. None of those critics were as fierce and vocal as Thompson, however, who also targeted other violent games. It ultimately ended badly for his career, and Grand Theft Auto went on to thrive regardless of his efforts.
As for the movie itself — Take-Two Interactive filed a lawsuit against the BBC in May, saying that attempts to settle the matter out of court did not work out. The lawsuit alleged trademark infringement, and the company was careful to stress that it had no involvement with the project in any way.
It had said in a statement at the time that it wanted to ensure that its “trademarks are not missed in the BBC’s pursuit of an unofficial depiction of purported events related to Rockstar Games.”
The movie will play on BBC Two and BBC HD.