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Rockstar Games' parent company sues BBC over Grand Theft Auto drama

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The BBC's TV production about Grand Theft Auto may have hit a snag. Polygon reports that Take-Two Interactive, parent company of GTA studio Rockstar Games, has filed a trademark infringement suit against the broadcaster. Game Changer, announced earlier this year, is a 90-minute drama set to air on BBC2. It follows the creation of and controversy over the Grand Theft Auto series, particularly a series of attacks from lawyer Jack Thompson, who blamed the series for inspiring real-world violence and took Rockstar to court repeatedly over the games. But the series is being made without the official blessing of Rockstar or Take-Two.

"Rockstar Games has had no involvement with this project," Take-Two said in a statement to Polygon. "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 BBC has declined comment.

Game Changer will star Daniel Radcliffe as Sam Houser, co-founder of Rockstar, and Bill Paxton will play Jack Thompson; it's reportedly based on David Kushner's comprehensive (and highly readable) Grand Theft Auto history Jacked. Filming began in April, with no firm release date.

Update 10:30PM ET: Added response from BBC.