The story of Grand Theft Auto is finally being told by live actors—the story behind the game, that is.
BBC has announced that Daniel Radcliffe and Bill Paxton have been cast in Game Changer (a working title), a 90-minute drama about Grand Theft Auto‘s status as a cultural phenomenon, and the controversy that has surrounded the video game franchise for years.
Radcliffe will play Sam Houser, one of the co-founders of Rockstar Games—the studio behind Grand Theft Auto, which continues to be one of the franchise’s key producers. Paxton will play Jack Thompson, who spent years as a lawyer campaigining against violent video games—particularly the Grand Theft Auto franchise, calling its graphic depictions of violent and sexual situations a blight on society.
Thompson, who was eventually disbarred, was notorious in the video game industry, often coming into conflict with notable members of the industry—this 2006 debate between Thompson and former game critic Adam Sessler is just one of many examples.
Game Changer will tell the story of GTA‘s rise and those who fought against it, as written by Rev‘s James Wood and directed by Black Mirror‘s Owen Harris.
The last game in the franchise, Grand Theft Auto V, saw huge success upon its debut, making over $800 million in its first day on sale and has continued to sell impressively as it made the leap to new platforms.