We’ve know for a while that BBC were working on The Gamechangers, the TV movie based on the development of Grand Theft Auto, and now we have a trailer. Starring Daniel Radcliffe and Bill Paxton the film will look at the development of the game, and the controversy surrounding it.
Interestingly enough, Rockstar Games aren’t on board with this and threatened to file a lawsuit for trademark infringement. With the company claiming the film is using Rockstar-owned material without their permission, it’ll be interesting to see if they get in the way of the films showing. The fact a trailer has been released does hint that BBC believe they can show it without any issues though.
In the trailer we see Daniel Radcliffe as Grand Theft Auto creative lead Sam Houser, and Bill Paxton as Jack Thompson. Thompson was known during the 2000s to go on crusades against violent games such as Grand Theft Auto in order to get them banned, thankfully with little success. The old excuse of protecting children was of course used as the reason to attack the games. This conflict between Houser and Thompson will be the focus of the story and is set in 2002.
While it will catch the interest of many gamers with its focus on the Grand Theft Auto franchise it will be interesting to see if it is what they expect. Based more on the conflict over the morality of the game it probably won’t feature much about the actual game itself. There is a style to the trailer though that does hint on a strange GTA feel. This may be about researching for the development of the game itself.
Gamechangers will be shown on BBC 2 in the UK, September 15 and will be 90 minutes long.
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