It wouldn’t be a Grand Theft Auto-related movie without some controversy, but the BBC’s upcoming dramatic, 90-minute retelling of the series’ genesis has come under fire not from Jack Thompson but from the game’s parent company. A Thursday announcement confirmed that Take Two Interactive, the parent company of Rockstar Games, has filed a lawsuit against the BBC over its still-in-production TV movie Game Changer.
Rockstar representatives offered a statement to Ars Technica—the same one that was originally reported by IGN. It described Take Two’s filing against the BBC as a “trademark infringement” lawsuit over the Grand Theft Auto franchise and insisted that neither Take Two nor Rockstar had anything to do with the film’s creation. “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,” the statement said. “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 statement did not clarify where the suit was filed, nor what specific trademarks may have been violated to make the British TV movie production worth filing suit against. A Rockstar representative confirmed that the suit had been filed this morning in London but declined to comment on our other questions.
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