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This Probably Isn’t the ‘Grand Theft Auto’ TV Series You Were Expecting

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This Probably Isn’t the ‘Grand Theft Auto’ TV Series You Were Expecting

In an incredibly vague press release, the BBC announced this morning a “drama based on ‘Grand Theft Auto.'” However, it turns out not to be an adaptation of the blockbuster video game franchise, but rather a documentary.

The clarification came quickly from journalist Guy Cocker, who’s been developing the project about the making of the Rockstar Games series. “It’s a 90-minute feature-length drama focusing on the people behind its creation,” he tweeted.

It’s part of the BBC’s new “Make It Digital” initiative designed to “inspire a new generation to get creative with coding, programming and digital technology.” Endgadget notes the campaign primarily targets 11- to 12-year-olds, who are too young to legally purchase “Grand Theft Auto” in the United Kingdom.

Debuting in 1997, the “Grand Theft Auto” action-adventure franchise has sold more than 150 million copies worldwide.

Update: The BBC has released a description of the documentary:

Grand Theft Auto (BBC Two)
This special 90-minute drama will tell the story of arguably the greatest British coding success story since Bletchley Park — the triumph of the computer game Grand Theft Auto.

Unlike many coding success stories, Grant Theft Auto was not created in Silicon Valley – it was the brainchild of a bunch of British gaming geniuses who had known each other since their school days. In autumn 2013 its latest iteration — GTA:V — earned $1bn in its first three days, becoming the fastest selling entertainment product in history.

GTA offered gamers the chance to step into a fantasy world where they could behave like criminals, gun down rival gangsters and cops, hijack cars and venture deeper into an imaginary American gangland underworld.

But the violent gameplay coupled with its outstanding success led to fierce opposition: 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.

Grand Theft Auto tells the story of how the game was conceived and created and the subsequent fallout as various groups objected to its violent gameplay.

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