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baileycat 04-14-2015 12:10 PM

Game Changer: The Outlaw Story of Grand Theft Auto- BBC tv movie
Daniel Radcliffe in Talks to Star as 'Grand Theft Auto' Creator for BBC Films Drama (Exclusive) - The Hollywood Reporter


Radcliffe will play Sam Houser, the British co-founder and president of Rockstar Games, the company behind GTA as well as games such as Max Payne and Red Dead. He is credited in popularizing GTA into one of the video game world’s biggest franchises but also amping up the violence quotient.

In the first decade of the 21st century, Houser and Rockstar Games came under repeated attacks from activist attorney Jack Thompson. Thompson was an unorthodox Florida attorney who was already attacking media companies for pushing rap and sex onto the airwaves when he turned his attention to what he saw as an obsession of glorifying violence in the video game industry. GTA was one of his favorite targets. He was disbarred in 2008 for inappropriate behavior.

The part of Thompson has not been cast yet.

James Wood wrote the script for the project, which was previously titled Rockstar Games. The title could change again. Jim Spencer is producing while Mark Hedgecoe will exec produce.

The movie, slated to begin shooting April 20, is based on a book by David Kushner titled Jacked: The Outlaw Story of Grand Theft Auto.
Bill Paxton To Play Anti-‘Grand Theft Auto’ Activist Jack Thompson In BBC Drama – MIPTV | Deadline


Bill Paxton, who was just here in Cannes for Mip-TV, is headed down to Capetown next week to begin work on a drama for BBC Two that traces the story behind the rise of the Grand Theft Auto franchise. Daniel Radcliffe is playing Sam Houser, the co-founder of video game developer Rockstar Games, and Paxton is lined up as his nemesis, the former attorney Jack Thompson who tried to destroy the company.

The BBC Films drama is based on David Kushner’s 2012 book, Jacked: The Outlaw Story Of Grand Theft Auto. One of the world’s most successful videogame franchises, GTA has also come under fire from Thompson, a now-disbarred Florida lawyer who is known for his anti-videogame stance and his attempts to quash what he sees as obscenity in modern culture — including the rap music of 2 Live Crew and the radio stylings of Howard Stern. He first filed suit against Rockstar parent Take Two Interactive in 2003 and continued his crusade against GTA throughout the decade. In 2008, he was disbarred.

Paxton, who has done voice work in Call Of Duty, told me of his character, “He got Howard Stern kicked off the radio and took on 2 Live Crew… There’d be a gag order and he’d still go on talk shows. He would write these hateful letters to people he was litigating. He just got too emotionally caught up in it.”

Shooting starts in South Africa next week with Owen Harris (Kill Your Friends, Misfits) directing from a script by James Wood (Rev.). Mark Hedgecoe and Jim Spencer are producers.
So I guess he's going to be in South Africa for a bit starting next week.

LilMouse 04-14-2015 02:04 PM


I hope to see pics of him going on a safari with them filming happening in South Africa

baileycat 04-14-2015 02:59 PM

Not sure a safari will be on the docket for him while he's there.

LilMouse 04-14-2015 06:56 PM

But why? He won't be working 24/7.

baileycat 04-15-2015 05:35 AM

My friend just came back from South Africa and she had to stay on a reserve in order to do a scheduled safari. They usually only do them in the early morning or at sunset, because the rest of the day is too hot. I can see him doing a nature hike up the mountain depending on where they are located but a safari might be out of the way.

LilMouse 04-15-2015 09:56 AM

Shame. He should use his name as some pull to get around those rules.

baileycat 04-16-2015 07:54 AM

Maybe if there's time after filming is wrapped he'll make a vacation out of it but something tells me he only plans vacations months in advance and this project is too new to have been given that chance for him.

LilMouse 04-16-2015 11:37 AM

He should be more spontaneous. He has the $$$ to be spontaneous.

baileycat 04-17-2015 06:54 AM

Well perhaps he will, then. From his latest google + video it looks like he enjoyed playing the tourist in Macau.

LilMouse 04-17-2015 08:51 AM

Those who like to tour are my type of people.

heaven85 04-19-2015 11:40 PM

It's possible he could. Glad he enjoyed playing tourist.

baileycat 04-20-2015 05:16 AM

Well today shooting starts so hopefully some pics will be snapped of him there on set.

LilMouse 04-20-2015 09:29 AM

It amazes me how he can jump from movie to movie without being burnt out.

baileycat 04-21-2015 05:23 AM

He had about a week downtime so for him that's probably more than enough.

LilMouse 04-21-2015 09:45 AM

a week in Dan time = 5 years.

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