Grand Theft Auto TV Drama Announced
The BBC is creating a TV drama based on the making of ‘Grand Theft Auto’
The BBC is developing a TV drama about the making of Rockstar’s hit action franchise Grand Theft Auto. The London-based broadcaster announced the news on Thursday, though details about the show are thin right now.
It’s being co-developed by games and technology journalist Guy Cocker, who confirms on Twitter that it will be a drama “about the making of GTA”, rather than a violent gangland adaptation of GTA’s subject matter.
The BBC media centre describes it as a “special 90-minute drama” about “a bunch of British gaming geniuses who had known each other since their school days”. The show will also dramatise the moral panic that erupted when the game was released, “from parents worried about children immersing themselves in such a violent world; from politicians, alarmed at the values it encourages; and above all from moral-campaigners, who have fought passionately to stop it.”
No air date yet, or news about whether it’ll find its way to international audiences, but we’ve reached a stage where a respected TV institution is hailing game developers as “geniuses”, quite different from the mainstream media treatment games typically receive. Can’t be a bad thing, can it?