No, don’t get your hopes up. I got excited, too, because I thought this meant that the former Harry Potter was going to star in a film adaptation of the hit video game series. Still, it’s cool news for fans of the video game industry as a whole as one of the most important stories coming out of the industry in recent years is about to get the big screen treatment. Daniel Radcliffe is in negotiations to play Sam Houser, the co-founder of Rockstar Games- the studio behind Grand Theft Auto, Max Payne, Red Dead Redemption, and more.
The film will be called Grand Theft Auto, and will be based on the David Kushner book “Jacked: The Outlaw Story of Grand Theft Auto.” Like the book, the film will look at the battle between Rockstar and activist attorney Jack Thompson. Thompson was a Florida attorney that lead a campaign against various forms of media for supposedly glorifying sex and violence, and for marketing a criminal lifestyle to America’s youth. The battle garnered many headlines, and put a massive spotlight on the game industry and its ratings system. Thompson wanted an all-out ban on video game violence.
Thompson was disbarred in 2008 for inappropriate behavior.
As of now, no one has signed on to play Thompson. The film is being scripted by James Wood, and directed by Owen Harris (Black Mirror). At one point, it was going to be titled Rockstar Games, and The Hollywood Reporter has cautioned that the name could change again. We shall see!