Ladies, gentlemen, games fans of all ages - it has been a long time since we've seen a truly good film adaptation of a video game, but a new team is about to throw its hat into the ring. Headed to cinemas in 2015, keep an eye out for a full-length, 3D animated interpretation of Ratchet & Clank.
The original Ratchet & Clank game hit the PlayStation console family in 2002, with the latest - Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault (also known as Ratchet & Clank: QForce) - arriving late last year. They all tell the story of Ratchet, a foolhardy lombax, and Clank, a pocket-sized robot who we're told has "more brains than brawn".
The pair team up to stop the vile Chairman Drek from destroying every planet in the nearby galaxy - and we're assuming that's going to continue into the film's adaptation as well.
Producer and Blockade CEO Brad Foxhoven explains:
‘Ratchet & Clank’ is a world-renowned video game franchise that appeals to a broad audience. By working closely with SCEA and Insomniac, we will remain true to the game’s expansive mythology while also creating a story that will capture the imagination of those who will be new to this incredible world.
While the ten-year old series already has an impressive following, the film - an "origin story of sorts" - is being designed to attract new fans to the franchise.
Ted Price, founder and CEO of developer Insomniac Games explains:
We’ve always thought ‘Ratchet & Clank’ would be a fantastic all-ages movie and are thrilled our intergalactic heroes will finally get their chance to shine on the big screen. Insomniac is especially honored to play a hands-on role with the film’s production, including the screenplay, consulting on character development and animation, and adding support to the film’s marketing.
That hands-on role is on a number of levels: Insomniac Games' senior writer TJ Fixman has penned the script for the movie, to be directed by Jericca Cleland. It's also the real deal in terms of voice acting: James A. Taylor, David Kaye and Jim Ward are all reprising their roles of Ratchet, Clank and Qwark.
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