The story of Grand Theft Auto’s success and controversy, along with the chapter of campaigning lawyer Jack Thompson, will be told in a new BBC Films drama.
Over the past few weeks we’ve heard about the BBC Film’s drama which will delve into the controversy of Grand Theft Auto. And on Wednesday BBC Two officially announced the drama, titled ‘Game Changer’, along with further details.
The BBC confirmed Daniel Radcliffe is set to star in the factual drama – the actor was said to be in talks with the company for the role of GTA creator Sam Houser a couple of weeks back – and alongside him will be Bill Paxton, who was confirmed to be playing disbarred lawyer Jack Thompson last week.
The BBC describes the new 90-minute drama, and the controversy surrounding Grand Theft Auto as “arguably the greatest British coding success story since Bletchley Park.”
“Its triumph was down to a bunch of British gaming geniuses who had known each other since their school days, and at the heart of it all was GTA’s creative mastermind, Sam Houser. In autumn 2013 its latest iteration – GTA:V – earned $1bn in its first three days, becoming the fastest selling entertainment product in history.
“Grand Theft Auto offers gamers the chance to step into a fantasy world where they can behave like criminals, gun down rival gangsters and cops, hijack cars and venture deeper into an imaginary American underworld.
“But the violent gameplay coupled with its outstanding commercial success leads to fierce opposition: from parents worried about children immersing themselves in such a violent world; from politicians, alarmed at the values they say it encourages; and above all from moral campaigners, who fight passionately to keep it out of the hands of children. At the vanguard of this crusade is the formidable campaigning lawyer Jack Thompson, a man determined to do whatever he can to stop the relentless rise of Grand Theft Auto.
“Game Changer tells the story of an extraordinary chapter in the history of this iconic game, and reveals the major impact it has had on our cultural landscape.”
We can’t see any announcement of when Game Changer will hit our TV screens, but we’ll keep you updated as and when the news drops.
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