Rockstar Games is suing the BBC over a drama starring Daniel Radcliffe entitled Game Changer.
Radcliffe will star as GTA’s british creator, Sam Houser with the story revolving around the clash between Rockstar Games and US lawyer, Jack Thompson – who wanted the popular game to be banned.
The gaming giants are suing the broadcaster in order to ensure their “trademarks are not misused in the BBC’s pursuit of an unofficial depiction of purported events”.
The film is based on a book from 2012 by David Kushner entitled ‘Jacked: The Outlaw Story Of Grand Theft Auto’, and is written and directed respectively by James Wood and Owen Harris.
Filming is already underway with a release scheduled for later this year. Bill Paxton will be Jack Thompson.
In a statement to IGN, Rockstar said:
Take-Two Interactive (Rockstar’s parent company) has filed [a] suit against the BBC for trademark infringement based on their movie currently titled Game Changer as it relates to Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto video game series.
While holders of the trademarks referenced in the film title and its promotion, Rockstar Games has had no involvement with this project.
Our goal is to ensure that our trademarks are not misused in the BBC’s pursuit of an unofficial depiction of purported events related to Rockstar Games.
We have attempted multiple times to resolve this matter with the BBC without any meaningful resolution. It is our obligation to protect our intellectual property and unfortunately in this case litigation was necessary.