A while back, the BBC put out a press release stating that they will be creating a movie about the making of Grand Theft Auto. Turns out Rockstar Games is not having it.
The BBC also stated that GTA is “one of the most extraordinary creative and controversial success stories of our time,” so it seems like everything is hunky-dory and they aim to do a phenomenal job with the production.
The gaming studio is going to file a trademark infringement lawsuit against the BBC, due to the broadcaster’s upcoming drama ‘Game Changer’ (working title). In a report from IGN, Rockstar games mentions that they weren’t consulted for the BBC’s forthcoming project:
“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.”
The production began on April 20th, and the British broadcaster intended to schedule the 90-minute-feature later in the year. However, the lawsuit could tie up the release for an extended amount of time. It looks like it might be a while before we see anything.