Daniel Radcliffe is in talks to star in Grand Theft Auto, a BBC Films drama about a legal fracas that ensued over the hyper-violent video games of the same name. If a deal is finalized, Daniel Radcliffe will play Sam Houser, the co-founder and president of Rockstar Games, who is credited with popularizing the ultra-violent Grand Theft Auto video game series. While the game was created by David Jones and Sam Dailly, Sam Houser and his brother Dan Houser brought the games into a 3D environment with Grand Theft Auto III, while increasing the levels of violence exponentially.
The story will center on Houser and his Rockstar Games company, as they came under repeated attacks from a Florida lawyer named Jack Thompson in the early 2000s. Thompson was already attacking media companies for pushing rap music and sexually explicit content on TV, when he turned his attention to the glorification of violence in the video game industry. The lawyer was eventually disbarred in 2008 for inappropriate behavior.
Owen Harris (Kill Your Friends) is directing from a script by James Wood. The screenplay was previously entitled Rockstar Games, and The Hollywood Reporter reveals that the title may change again. Jim Spencer is producing with Mark Hedgecoe serving as an executive producer. Shooting is scheduled to begin on April 20. Daniel Radcliffe will next be seen in Victor Frankenstein, opening on October 2, and the sequel Now You See Me 2: The Second Act.