“Grand Theft Auto” changed the gaming world forever. With its open world concept and overt violence, the historic franchise is more than deserving of a feature film, and BBC Two is ready to bring it to you. Well, to U.K. audiences, at least.
No U.S. release has been set for the above TV movie, in part because the biopic is completely unauthorized. Rockstar Games, the company responsible for “Grand Theft Auto,” sued the BBC to try to stop production of “The Gamechangers” due to copyright infringement. Though unsuccessful, the film could face similar roadblocks if it tries to make its way across the pond, given the sensitive subject matter within.
“The Gamechangers” focuses on the three-year battle between Sam Houser (Daniel Radcliffe), the creator of “Grand Theft Auto,” and Jack Thompson (BIll Paxton), a Christian lawyer hellbent on limiting (or eliminating) video games due to their damaging effects on children. The official summary from the BBC site reads as follows:
“…this drama goes back to 2002, to tell the story of a three-year period of intense controversy in the history of this iconic game’s development. It happened when two passionate men on either side of a high-stakes cultural divide clashed. This conflict, between the creative genius behind the game and a self-styled crusader for American morality, escalated into a fight for the hearts, minds and freedoms of an entire gaming generation. […] ‘The Gamechangers’ tells the story of how British game designers pushed boundaries into uncharted territory, of how those fighting GTA became consumed by a battle which overwhelmed their lives, and how the subsequent fallout threatened to bring down leading players on both sides.“
Watch the trailer above. “The Gamechangers” airs on BBC Two on September 15. No release date has been set for U.S. audiences.