BBC's planned television drama, currently titled Game Changer, is about the controversy surrounding Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto series. The plot follows the long dispute between Sam Houser, Rockstar's president, and Jack Thompson, the outspoken lawyer and critic who says that video games cause real world violence.
Rockstar has now filed a lawsuit against the BBC over the feature via its parent company, Take-Two Interactive. When asked by IGN about the lawsuit, Rockstar said that it was over trademark infringement.
"Take-Two Interactive has filed a 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," a spokesperson said.
The firm continued: "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."
A BBC spokesperson told IGN that it would not comment on legal matters. Rest assured, though, we're reaching out to both parties in this story. What do you think of all this drama over a drama? Let us know in the comments section below.