Watch: Dan Radcliffe as GTA Creator in BBC Drama
The Boy Wizard (also known as Dan Radcliffe) is back and in a completely different game, as he undertakes the role of a lifetime playing Grand Theft Auto creator Sam Houser in a BBC drama exploring the world’s fastest selling entertainment game.
The Gamechangers, a television film that dramatises the famous transatlantic censorship battle over the popular Grand Theft Auto video game series, follows Houser and the company Rockstar through the years starting in 2002 through to 2005, focusing on the moral panic and ensuing legal battles surrounding the GTA series from after the release of Grand Theft Auto III through the “Hot Coffee” scandal in the wake of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
Throughout the movie, Houser comes up against arch-nemesis Jack Thompson (Bill Paxton) an American Lawyer (who coincidentally got disbarred in 2008) who makes it his mission to crusade against what he saw as objectionable content in video games – Rockstar’s in particular.
The project is part of the Make It Digital initiative, which was created to inspire younger generations to get involved with coding and programming, though it has already been shrouded in controversy following
Grand Theft Auto writer Steve Hammond previously expressing concerns that nobody from the BBC had approached members of the original development team about The Gamechangers – at which point Rockstar filed suit against the BBC.
So with all this tension and mystery – it seems only fair to see what all the fuss is about. Watch the trailer for Daniel Radcliffe’s The Gamechangers below, and catch the TV film on September 15th at 9pm on BBC Two.