The first trailer for the TV movie The Gamechangers, about the conflict between Grand Theft Auto developer Rockstar and anti-game crusader Jack Thompson, is out.
The film, a dramatization of real events, depicts the period in Grand Theft Auto’s history starting around 2002 when the series started getting mass media attention, not just for its incredible financial success, but for less wholesome elements of the game that let you mow down pedestrians and engage in various activities with prostitutes.
Daniel Radcliffe plays the role of Sam Houser, director of the studio and game, sporting a dope beard and lots of serious faces. Bill Paxton plays Jack Thompson, who used to be the boogeyman and walking joke in video gaming, and was worried about our nation’s children and how Rockstar’s crime story would corrupt them.
The story is, as the BBC’s description of the show says, “not authorised by the producers of Grand Theft Auto,” and is based off interviews and court documents. Rockstar is suing the BBC for the making of this movie.
It’s not clear whether the film will hit BBC America or some other official outlet, though I’m sure fans will find a way. The Gamechangers is currently set to air on BBC Two on September 15.