It seems Rockstar and their parent company aren’t too happy with the BBC and their upcoming docudrama, Game Changer
In a surprising turn of events, Rockstar Games and its parent company Take-Two Interactive have filed a lawsuit against the BBC for trademark infringement in relation to the upcoming drama, Game Changer, which is said to focus on Rockstar Games during the release of the first Grand Theft Auto videogame.
According to a brief synopsis, the 90 minute show will focus on the conflict between Rockstar President Sam Houser, who’ll be played by Daniel Radcliffe, and US Lawyer and anti-violence in videogames activist, Jack Thompson, who’ll be played by Bill Paxton.
It seems, Rockstar aren’t happy with the idea and have revealed that they have no involvement in the movie. Odd, considering how involved the movie seems to be in the company’s history. In a statement to IGN, Rockstar said:
“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.”
As for the BBC, they’ve decided not to comment on the matter.
Filming for the TV-movie-drama-documentary began in April and is set to premier on BBC Two later this year during a slate of programming centred around coding and other similar activities.
Does Rockstar have something to hide?