Developers on the first Grand Theft Auto have little confidence that their work will be acknowledged in a made-for-television BBC drama recounting the creation of the series.
DMA Design writer Steve Hammond told GamesRadar he wouldn't be surprised if the "DMA Design part of the story" was "an opening text crawl before the main credits" before the story jumps to the watershed creation of Grand Theft Auto III.
"I find it quite telling that no-one from DMA I’ve spoken to so far seems to know anything about it," said Hammond.
The drama has been pitched as a retelling the fight between Rockstar and DMA's Sam Houser, and the lawyer Jack Thompson, who campaigned to ban violent videogames.
The script has been penned by James Wood and is based on the book Jacked: The Outlaw Story of Grand Theft Auto by David Kushner.
"With Rockstar’s famous reticence to talk to anyone, that makes the only behind the scenes source David Kushner’s book Jacked, which frankly has me a bit worried," continued Hammond.
"I wonder if the GTA team will be portrayed as badasses and bad boys compared to the other teams, as per Kushner’s book? In reality, no more or less bad/weird/outsider than any other team."
The story of GTA's conceptualisation and creation at DMA probably wouldn't make for interesting television as there wasn't "a single defined moment when GTA came into being", said Hammond.
There was no "singular act of creation, no flash of lightning, no sense of something which was destined to be forged in a mighty act of creativity," Hammond said. “The creative process was akin to pouring forty seven varieties of gunk into a cauldron and mixing and mixing until a vaguely GTA-shaped object started to congeal in the center. No-one knew it was supposed to be GTA in the first place.
"Was there a singular moment when "Race ’n’ Chase" became GTA? I really doubt it. The moment of creation, hardy dramatic, is more likely to have been: Mike figures a neat way to rotate semi-3D maps. Dave says: hmmm, we should do something with that."
The Hollywood Reporter claims that Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe will portray Sam Houser. The drama is scheduled to begin shooting later this month, said the Reporter.