09 April 2015

Updated(2): Daniel Radcliffe in talks to play Grand Theft Auto creator

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Daniel is in talks to star in Grand Theft Auto (a.k.a. GTA) Game Changer as the creator of the video game. British director Owen Harris will direct the drama which is being made by BBC Films BBC Factual. 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.

Daniel 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.

Update: 20th April. The Hollywood Reporter has made changes in their last article regarding this project. The title is Game Changer not Grand Theft Auto and the film will be made by BBC Factual.
Update: 21st April. It's confirmed on Daniel's official Google+ page ("Happy to share the news...") and by the BBC. The film will be 90 minutes long. Bill Paxton plays Jack Thompson. The docudrama will be made for BBC Two.

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 movie is based on a book by David Kushner titled Jacked: The Outlaw Story of Grand Theft Auto. Filming is slated to begin 20th April.

 source: hollywoodreporter.com, bbc.co.uk

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