Recently the BBC announced a new drama starring Daniel Radcliffe and Bill Paxton that would be based on the conflict between Rockstar President Sam Houser and Jack Thompson, a lawyer and critic of the Grand Theft Auto series.
However, Take Two Interactive have issued a law suit claiming the BBC are using the brand without their permission.
Take-Two Interactive has filed suit against the BBC for trademark infringement based on their movie currently titled ‘Game Changer’ as it relates to Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto video game series.
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 BBC will have to respond to the lawsuit and it may delay, or even stop production of the drama.