Rockstar Games sues BBC over Grand Theft Auto TV show


The owner of Rockstar Games, Take-Two Interactive, has just filed a lawsuit with the UK’s BBC, due to its issue with the British broadcaster’s plan to produce a TV show based on the development of the Grand Theft Auto series of games.

The show is to be called Game Changer, the plans of which the BBC revealed earlier this year.

Unauthorised BBC drama based on Grand Theft Auto irks maker Rockstar Games

The TV drama is set to be completely unauthorised by Rockstar or Take-Two Interactive, but it’s said to portray Rockstar’s rise to huge success and all the controversy about the games maker, mainly due to the violent gameplay within each of the titles.

Rockstar Games Sam Houser

Sam Houser, co-founder of Rockstar Games.

According to sources, the focus of the show would be around Rockstar co-founder Sam Houser, who will be played by Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), and also the battle the company has had with US lawyer Jack Thompson who has consistently said the games should be banned for being too violent.

Take-Two says the BBC show would be an infringement of the company’s trademark.

In a statement to games site IGN, Take-Two confirmed that Rockstar Games has had no involvement at all in the planned TV show, and added that their goal was to ensure its “trademarks are not misused in the BBC’s pursuit of an unofficial depiction of purported events related to Rockstar Games”.

So will we ever see Harry Potter playing the Rockstar Games’ co-founder? Or will the whole project get shelved? Personally, I’d much rather watch a crime drama based on the in-game action than a boring documentary about the company…

Daniel Radcliffe as Sam Houser

Daniel Radcliffe as Sam Houser…

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