Daniel Radcliffe and Bill Paxton will star in the upcoming drama Game Changer, the story behind controversial title, Grand Theft Auto, The BBC confirms.
As previously reported, Radcliffe will take on the role of Rockstar Co-founder Sam Houser, while Paxton will play Lawyer Jack Thompson.
The BBC describes the 90-minute drama as “the greatest British coding success story since Bletchley Park” and reveals the major impact the game has had on society.
“Its triumph was down to a bunch of British gaming geniuses who had known each other since their school days, and at the heart of it all was GTA’s creative mastermind, Sam Houser. In autumn 2013 its latest iteration – GTA:V – earned $1bn in its first three days, becoming the fastest selling entertainment product in history.
“But the violent gameplay coupled with its outstanding commercial success leads to fierce opposition: from parents worried about children immersing themselves in such a violent world; from politicians, alarmed at the values they say it encourages; and above all from moral campaigners, who fight passionately to ban it. At the vanguard of this crusade is the formidable campaigning lawyer Jack Thompson, a man determined to do whatever he can to stop the relentless rise of Grand Theft Auto.”
While BBC Two will air the film, there has been no word on a release date.
Game Changer is written by James Wood (Rev, Ambassadors) and directed by Owen Harris (Kill Your Friends, Black Mirror, Holy Flying Circus, Misfits)