The BBC has released the first trailer for The Gamechangers, its upcoming made-for-TV movie about Grand Theft Auto and the controversy surrounding the world-famous and top-selling video game series.
This 90-minute "factual drama" goes behind the scenes of the hit video game Grand Theft Auto, arguably the greatest British coding success since Bletchley Park.
The Gamechangers is centered around the creation of the GTA series and Thompson's appeal to the family of Devin Moore, the Alabama man who shot and killed three police officers in 2005. In court, Thompson sought to show how the developers of Grand Theft Auto, Rockstar Games, along with console-makers, were at least partially responsible for the crime. Moore was sentenced to death and is currently on death row.
As you might expect, Game Changer is generating quite a stir. Some of the original Grand Theft Auto developers are not happy about the movie, which is being produced without the participation of Rockstar Games or parent company Take-Two Interactive. For its part, Take-Two recently filed a lawsuit against the BBC regarding the movie's use of the Grand Theft Auto IP, but not to stop the film from airing.
This 30-second video provides a first look at Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe as Rockstar Games co-founder Sam Houser, as well as Bill Paxton as anti-game lawyer Jack Thompson.
The Gamechangers debuts September 15 on BBC Two at 9 PM local time. Plans for its release in other regions have not been announced.
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