Get your wrenches ready, because Ratchet & Clank are getting their own feature film!
One of Sony’s most popular (and exclusive) gaming franchises is set to make the jump from your PlayStation to the big screen when Ratchet & Clank: Escape from Planet Earth hits theaters in 2015. Rainmaker Studios will oversee the animated feature, which reportedly has a budget of $40 million.
For those not familiar with the game franchise, Ratchet & Clank revolves around two unlikely pals – a Lombax (the last of his kind…) named Ratchet, and his robot pal Clank. Together, the two unlikely heroes find themselves embroiled in adventures to save the galaxy – while competing with/working alongside the bumbling intergalactic hero Captain Qwark. The games have a great mixture of compelling gameplay (including a penchant for introducing hilarious weapons like the Sheep Gun (turns foes into docile farm animals in need of a good shearing…) and genuinely funny stories. The franchise should make for a great series of kids’ films that will also appeal to grown-ups.
Developer Insomniac Games will be intimately involved with the film’s creation. Insomniac’s Senior Writer T.J. Fixman penned the screenplay, and as studio head Ted Price notes, “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.”
Many of the people who’ve made the game franchise so beloved will also be involved in the film, including voice actors James A. Kaye, David Kaye and Jim Ward, which is good news for fans.
Sony hopes that a feature film based on the games will broaden Ratchet & Clank’s appeal. If kids see the film and like it, they’re more likely to want to play the games. Getting a film franchise out of the deal would also be a positive.
While most video game films aren’t very good, we’ve got high hopes for this one. Ratchet & Clank: Escape from Earth seems to be making all the right moves early on – having key Insomniac people involved, going the animated route, and actually picking a franchise that should translate well to the screen without too much tinkering. Check out the announcement trailer below and let us know if you’ll put down your controller long enough to see this film.