BBC has finally released a trailer for The Gamechangers. The film stars Daniel Radcliffe as Rockstar Games co-founder Sam Houser. Rockstar Games, the studio behind the ultra-violent, ground-breaking and controversial game, Grand Theft Auto, came under fire by Christian conservative layer, Jack Thompson (Bill Paxton). Thompson launched a crusade against GTA and Rockstar claiming the game incited violence in children. Thompson's other targets included rap music, Rockstar's Bully and Mortal Kombat.
The Gamechangers is based on the book Jacked: The Outlaw Story of Grand Theft Auto by acclaimed journalist, David Kushner. Jacked follows the story of Sam and his brother, Dan, two British prep-school boys with a love for American pop-culture as they develop the game and change the world of video games forever.
However, the film has encountered some issues on its own, Rockstar's parent company, Take-Two, has filed a lawsuit against BBC for trademark infringement, saying in a statement:
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.
The Gamechangers is scheduled to air on BBC2 September 15.