BBC was working on a 90-minute series with the working title of Game Changer that would have followed the creation of and controversy surrounding Rockstar’s popular Grand Theft Auto video game franchise, and they already had Daniel Radcliffe and Bill Paxton to star in it. Radcliffe was to play Rockstar president Sam Houser while Paxton would have been U.S. lawyer Jack Thompson, a shady guy who wanted to ban video game violence. Now Rockstar Games’ parent company, Take-Two Interactive, has filed suit against the BBC.
Rockstar released a statement to IGN explaining their reasons for suing:
“Take-Two Interactive has filed suit against the BBC for trademark infringement based on their movie currently titled ‘Game Changer’ as it relates to Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto video game series.
“While holders of the trademarks referenced in the film title and its promotion, Rockstar Games has had no involvement with this project. Our goal is to ensure that our trademarks are not misused in the BBC’s pursuit of an unofficial depiction of purported events related to Rockstar Games. We have attempted multiple times to resolve this matter with the BBC without any meaningful resolution. It is our obligation to protect our intellectual property and unfortunately in this case litigation was necessary.”
I really wanted to see that documentary I think it would be great to see behind the scenes story of a most brilliant and biggest game franchise — but as it seems it won’t see the light of day. Rockstar was worried about how they will look in the documentary. On another note, Rockstar please release the new GTA 5 DLC already!