It was briefly discussed at E3 that Ratchet & Clank is being turned into a movie. Further details were released about the 2015 movie, including a trailer.
Rainmaker Entertainment has teamed up with Blockade Entertainment to adapt the Insomniac Games’ franchise Ratchet & Clank into a 3D-animated movie to release in early 2015.
The reason behind the movie is to generate interest in the 10-year-old series from a new fanbase that may not be familiar with the property.
The official synopsis is as follows:
Ratchet and Clank tells the story of two unlikely heroes as they struggle to stop a vile alien named Chairman Drek from destroying every planet in the Solana Galaxy. Ratchet is the last of his kind – a foolhardy ‘lombax’ who has grown up alone on a backwater planet with no family of his own. Clank is a pint-sized robot with more brains than brawn. When the two stumble upon a dangerous weapon capable of destroying entire planets, they must join forces with a team of colorful heroes called The Galactic Rangers in order to save the galaxy. Along the way they’ll learn about heroism, friendship, and the importance of discovering one’s own identity.
Jericca Cleland will direct based on a script by TJ Fixman, who also is a senior writer for Insomniac Games, hoping to maintain the game’s signature dialogue and humor.
James A. Taylor, David Kaye and Jim Ward, who voice the Ratchet, Clank and Qwark characters will be featured in the movie in order to “keep the voices consistent.”
Rainmaker president Michael Hefferon serves as executive producer, with toon studio’s Kim Dent Wilder and Kylie Ellis on board as supervising producer and producer, respectively.
Blockade CEO Brad Foxhoven, who serves as a producer on the film with company VP of development David Wohl had this to say,
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. It’s meant for a mass audience and not just those who know the franchise with the film serving “almost like an origin story of sorts, revolving around how [the characters] came together.
Despite the adaptation fans of the video game are still the main focus and it will be faithful to the games. Hefferon also added,
You don’t’ want to alienate the core people that made this franchise so successful, but at the end of the day, the game itself is irrelevant. It’s all about what you’re seeing on that screen. It’s about going to see a fantastic animated movie.
Check out the movie’s first trailer below.