Well, we’ve reached that point where all of the good video game franchises have been adapted to film, and suffered from being shitty, sloppy, disgraceful, piles of fucking shit. So, where does Hollywood go from here? They adapt a GREAT franchise. Yep, that title is not lying, R&C are being adapted as we speak. It will be animated (obviously) and is going to be for all ages, which could mean anything for the series ability to sneak crap past the radar.
It will feature the cast from the games, including (but not limited to) James Arnold Taylor as Ratchet, David Kaye as Clank, and Jim Ward as Qwark. From what I’ve read from the press release (which is down below) the plot is basically R&C1’s plot, but with elements from other games, such as the Galactic Rangers (you know, those sniveling dorks from Up Your Aresnal?). I find that is probably the best way to make a R&C film: take all the things that made the games great, and toss ’em into a badass, 2-hour long joyride. That, coincidentally, is something that never happens ever with video game to screen adaptions. Rainmaker Entertainment is making the movie (you know, the ones behind that trud “Escape From Planet Earth”?), with help from Blockade Entertainment. It is being written by TJ Fixman, a senior screenwriter for Insomniac Games, the studio behind R&C; and directed by Jerrica Cleland.
Here’s the press release: “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. ”
Here’s some more exposition: “We’ve always thought Ratchet and 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,” said Ted Price, founder and CEO of Insomniac Games. “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.”
Apparently, Insomniac is very involved, which could mean that it might turn out good. All of the animation used for the movie will be from scratch (with a smaller than average budget), using the game’s models as reference.
I’m hoping this movie can spell a doom to crappy game to film adaptions, and since Insomniac is in pretty heavily on it, I have rather high hopes. Check out the teaser trailer below, which is very well animated, and hilarious; and the voice-acting is fantastic, identical to the rest of the series (besides 1, where Ratchet was played by Mike Kelley). For now, this is rigbybot127 signing off. Boy, I can’t wait for 2015!
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