As part of its new UK-wide initiative “Make It Digital,” network giant BBC is planning a new drama based on Grand Theft Auto. GTA was selected for the program for its controversial nature and staggering popularity. Of course, for a movement bent on spurring creativity in digital entertainment, inviting the fastest-selling entertainment IP in history certainly isn’t a bad choice.
Make It Digital is designed to “inspire a new generation to get creative with coding, programming, and digital technology.” Said differently, BBC sees a growing need for digital professionals, and is targeting the next generation to help ensure those needs are met. Apart from television and online programs such as Doctor Who and EastEnders, the movement will also incorporate a “Traineeship” for up to 5,000 unemployed youths. In addition, BBC will be directly involved in the production of approximately one million “coding devices,” which will be given to UK’s year 7 children.
Although Make It Digital’s new programs will begin airing “from today,” the announcement reads, casting, run dates and other specifics have yet to be revealed for the Grand Theft Auto series. Similarly, whether the series will be set in a particular game and feature known characters, or base an original story on the GTA atmosphere, remains to be seen. Rockstar has also yet to comment on the series.
Update: Update: A tweet from journalist Guy Crocker shows that BBC’s Grand Theft Auto drama is, in fact, a 90-minute feature focusing on the people behind the game’s creation. It will not be a multi-episode series, nor will it be a crime story based in the GTA atmosphere as previously suggested.