The BBC has officially announced its new factual drama that will focus on the story surrounding the creation of Rockstar Games’ flagship series, Grand Theft Auto, and the controversy that was stirred up because of it. Not only that, but they’ve confirmed that Daniel Radcliffe will be in it.
Titled Game Changer, the former Harry Potter star will be taking the role of GTA co-creator Sam Houser. Starring alongside him will be Aliens star Bill Paxton, who will be playing as Jack Thompson, a lawyer and anti-video game activist. The drama is said to center on the real-life conflict between Houser and Thompson.
A description of the show was revealed via the BBC’s media centre:
“Conceived for an adult audience, this special 90-minute drama tells the story of the controversy surrounding the computer game Grand Theft Auto – arguably the greatest British coding success story since Bletchley Park.”
Original GTA developers, DMA Design have gone on record saying they’re not confident in the drama, having claimed that none of its employees had been approached or consulted prior to the announcement of Game Changer, and also stated that a dramatic retelling of the events surrounding how GTA was first conceived wouldn’t be accurate. Though maybe those worries have been alleviated somewhat since the drama is focusing more on the controversy and the relationship between Houser and Thompson rather than the actual game.
Filming is said to start on April 20th. Whether it will be accurate and down-to-earth or portray the now-disbarred Thompson as a scenery-chewing bad guy remains to be seen.