We reported a few days ago that Daniel Radcliffe was set to star as the creator of Grand Theft Auto, Sam Houser, in a movie about the battle he had to fight with a man, former attorney Jack Thompson, who wanted the game banned due to its content (here)
Well now we know that Bill Paxton is stepping into Thompson’s shoes for the drama from BBC Films. Paxton said of his role: “He got Howard Stern kicked off the radio and took on 2 Live Crew… There’d be a gag order and he’d still go on talk shows. He would write these hateful letters to people he was litigating. He just got too emotionally caught up in it.”
In real life Houser was co-founder and president of Rockstar Games, the company behind GTA, Max Payne and Red Dead. His opponent was attorney Jack Thompson who campaigned against rap and sex on the airwaves and eventually he turned his attention to GTA for its gratuitous violence, before he was eventually disbarred. He has yet to be cast.
The script, previously titled Rockstar Games, will begin shooting on April 20th and is based on a book by David Kushner titled Jacked: The Outlaw Story of Grand Theft Auto.
Shooting starts in South Africa next week