Rockstar Games has filed a lawsuit against the BBC in London this week for trademark infringement in relation to the British broadcaster’s upcoming telemovie “Game Changer”.
The film is said to deal with the real-life conflict between Rockstar President Sam Houser (Daniel Radcliffe) and American lawyer Jack Thompson (Bill Paxton). Filming on the project began just over a month ago and is currently scheduled to broadcast later in year.
Rockstar has issued a statement about the lawsuit to IGN, saying:
“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.”