The Movie About Making Grand Theft Auto Looks Serious
The BBC has revealed the first trailer for its upcoming film about the development of the Grand Theft Auto series.
The Gamechangers, set to air on BBC Two on September 15, will detail a period in developer Rockstar’s history from 2002 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.
The 30-second spot gives us our first view of Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) as a heavily bearded Sam Houser, who the trailer’s narrator calls “the creative genius behind the most lucrative video game ever.” Opposite Radcliffe, Bill Paxton (Apollo 13) appears as then-attorney Jack Thompson (he was permanently disbarred in 2008), who spent most of the mid-aughts crusading against what he saw as objectionable content in videogames, Rockstar’s in particular.
The film’s treatment looks pretty self-serious, particularly considering its irreverent subject matter. Radcliffe seems to be doing his best Jesse-Eisenberg-as-Mark Zuckerberg, and at one point insists that “we’re going to create the world’s first truly adaptable hero,” a phrase that I’m certain means something, though what I could not tell you.
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