Daniel Radcliffe in Talks to Star as 'Grand Theft Auto' Creator for BBC Films Drama (Exclusive)
Owen Harris, who directed episodes of 'Misfits' and 'Black Mirror,' is helming the drama.
and a Miami lawyer who wanted to ban video game violence.
Rising British director Owen Harris, who directed episodes of Britain's
is helming the drama, which is being made by BBC Films.
Radcliffe will play Sam Houser, the British co-founder and president of Rockstar Games, the company behind
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.
was one of his favorite targets. He was disbarred in 2008 for inappropriate behavior.
James Wood wrote the script for the project, which was previously titled
. 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.
Harris recently wrapped his first feature film,
, which stars Nicholas Hoult and James Corden. The episode he directed of
the acclaimed anthology show, stars Haley Atwell and Domhnall Gleeson. He is repped by WME and U.K.’s Independent Talent.
Fox’s new take on the classic monster tale which opens October 2. He also recently wrapped the sequel to Lionsgate’s
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