Just five months after we reported Daniel Radcliffe was circling the Grand Theft Auto legal drama The Gamechangers, the first trailer has surfaced on YouTube channel NewTrailersBuzz. The TV movie is slated to debut September 15 on the UK network BBC 2, but it isn't clear when it may debut in the U.S. This project will give fans of the beloved Grand Theft Auto video game series new insight into the legal trouble that Rockstar Games founder, Sam Houser (Daniel Radcliffe) found himself in.
The story is set in 2002, centering on Houser's legal battles with a Florida lawyer named Jack Thompson (Bill Paxton), who embarked on a crusade against the violence and profanity found in the video game series. The attorney had already made headlines before, attacking media companies for glorifying rap music and putting violent content on television. He was eventually disbarred in 2008 for inappropriate behavior.
David Jones and Sam Dailly created Grand Theft Auto, but it was Sam Houser and his brother Dan Houser who brought the games into a 3D environment with Grand Theft Auto III, while increasing the levels of violence exponentially. The most recent release in the series, Grand Theft Auto V, has sold more than 33 million copies worldwide, with the entire series selling over 150 million units. It isn't clear yet when Rockstar plans on releasing the next installment of this widely popular game series.
The supporting cast is rounded out by Joseph Dempsie, Lex King, Nick Boraine, D. David Morin, James Alexander, Shannon Esra, Nicole Sherwin and Fiona Ramsey. Owen Harris (Kill Your Friends) is directing from a script by James Wood (Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire), based on the 2012 book Jacked: The Outlaw Story of Grand Theft Auto by David Kushner. With the TV movie debuting on BBC 2, it's possible that it may premiere on BBC America in the U.S., but that hasn't been confirmed.
After The Gamechangers, debuts this month, Daniel Radcliffe will next be seen in the 20th Century Fox big screen thriller Victor Frankenstein, alongside James McAvoy. What do you think of this first footage from The Gamechangers? Stay tuned for more updates about when this movie may be released in the U.S.