A movie centering on Sam and Dan Houser, creators of the video game Grand Theft Auto, is in development, with Daniel Radcliffe in talks to star. The 90-minute feature from BBC Films will chronicle the battle between the Houser brothers and Miami-based activist attorney Jack Thompson, who wanted to ban video game violence.
If Radcliffe does sign on to do the film, he will be cast as Sam Houser, the president and co-founder of Rockstar Games.
Last year while the Houser brothers were accepting a fellowship award at the BAFTA Games Awards in London, Dan Houser talked about the inception of their company, saying, “Rockstar was founded [in Britain] with a mission statement that video games were the next mass market entertainment medium, that they were uniquely interesting and powerful and that we as a company would serve two masters to prove this fact, combining the production values of movies with an obsession of gameplay above all else.”
The picture will be directed by Owen Harris, who recently made his directorial debut with the upcoming comedy thriller Kill Your Friends.
Based on the book Jacked: The Outlaw Story of Grand Theft Auto, by David Kushner, the screenplay was written by James Wood, known for writing a number of miniseries, including Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire.
The movie is due to begin filming this month.