Rockstar Games via Take-Two Interactive have filed a lawsuit against the British Broadcasting Corporation for an upcoming television movie currently under the working title of Game Changer.
Game Changer focuses on Sam Houser, the president of Rockstar, and Jack Thompson, the lawyer turned critic against Grand Theft Auto. Since this focuses on matters close to Rockstar and GTA, the company filed a lawsuit against BBC in order to protect their IP. In a statement to IGN, Rockstar stated the following:
“Take-Two Interactive has filed suit against the BBC for trademark infringement based on their movie currently titled ‘Game Changer’ as it relates to Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto video game series. While holders of the trademarks referenced in the film title and its promotion, 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 BBC has responded, remarking that they don’t respond to legal troubles. The documentary will feature Daniel Radcliffe as Houser and Bill Paxton as Thompson. It is set to air later this year.
I love the idea of this movie, and it seems obvious why Rockstar made this move. They want to make sure this matter is done right and that they want a piece of the cash. I am confident that Rockstar will want to have this aired as much as the BBC. I mean, Daniel Radcliffe and Bill Paxton in one of the largest video game debates since the inception of the ESRB. Quality entertainment.