We recently reported on the first-released trailer for BBC’s upcoming documentary on the first few games of the GTA franchise.
The film stars Daniel Radcliffe (of Harry Potter fame) as Rockstar co-founder and head honcho Sam Houser and Bill Paxton as Jack Thompson. The film drew the ire of Rockstar Games, as BBC green lit the project without any consultation with the developer what so ever. Rockstar went straight for the lawsuit, which is still on-going. However despite the legal altercations the airing of the film is happening on schedule, meaning tonight, on BBC Two from 9 PM.
The film follows the story of Jack Thompson, the wet dream of every single 60-something hyper-conservative catholic white American woman out there, and his crusade to get the GTA games banned. His and Sam Houser’s battle unfolds into one of the most famous (or infamous) controversies of the gaming industry. The name of Thompson is one that is generally spat upon in gaming circles, mainly due to the fact that his vendetta against gaming appeared to be fuelled by personal greed more than anything else.
The film is based on real life events and evidence. However it has been dramatized and is presented in the form of a narrative. As the legal dispute continues behind sealed doors, the release of the film seems like an unconventional and risky move by Rockstar, who have skirted the anti-video game crowd perpetually since their foundation. Daniel Radcliffe might seem like a strange choice for this role, however the beard fits him pretty well.
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