Ratchet & Clank movie hitting theaters in 2015

Rainmaker Entertainment and Blockade tapped for franchise's first cinematic adventure; Insomniac will have a "hands-on" role in making the film.

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Insomniac Games today announced that an animated Ratchet & Clank film will hit theaters in 2015 from production companies Rainmaker Entertainment and Blockade Entertainment.

Rainmaker Entertainment's first theatrical credit was February's animated film Escape from Planet Earth, which was released by The Weinstein Company. As for Blockade Entertainment, the company previously created a trailer for Electronic Arts' Dante's Inferno.

"One of the biggest questions we've gotten in the last few years is 'When are you going to make a Ratchet & Clank movie?'," Insomniac Games community lead James Stevenson said in a statement. "The truth is, we've wanted to do a movie for a long time! Ratchet & Clank's action, humor and galaxy-spanning adventures have really been the basis for a fantastic game series, and we think it’d translate perfectly to the big screen."

As for why the movie was not developed at Sony Pictures, Stevenson explained that "the movie business is crazy at times."

Insomniac will have a "hands-on role" in the film's production, screenplay, character development, and animation consulting. In addition, Ratchet & Clank writer T.J. Fixman--who has written every Ratchet & Clank game--will pen the script for the film.

IGN3 reports that primary production on the film has begun and voice actors from the game franchise will work on the movie. James A. Taylor (Ratchet), David Kaye (Clank), and Jim Ward (Qwark) are all aboard. In addition, the Rainmaker Entertainment president Michael Hefferon teased that the studio is "in discussion with potential celebrity talent" for the Ratchet & Clank movie.

Discussion

93 comments
jmr1986
jmr1986

The games are fun, the jokes are hilarious. Ratchet & Clank cutscenes always felt like an animated movie for me. The only problem i see is that i don't know if it will keep the same humour of the games, cause some of the lines are not meant for kids.

soulless4now
soulless4now

I would've been more interested if Sony Pictures were involved, but I'd rent it at least. 

BLACKWINGS17
BLACKWINGS17

A movie that involves a cuddly protagonist, a silly tiny robot, a goofy big lug, elaborate weapons, vibrant explosions, cool enemies, and lush environments . . . . . and yet some of you people assume this movie will not appeal to an audience? As long as there are kids who love all of these things, there will definitely be an audience for this movie - previous knowledge is completely irrelevant.

The Ratchet and Clank series is practically an interactive Pixar film. Fun for all ages.

DeFiLeDTitan
DeFiLeDTitan

so is this going to be a cartoon? I'm not all that interested in a live action feature for something like this

Sahle123
Sahle123

Mmm... I have an open mind.Of late, and in my own opinion, Ratchet and Clank has slowly regressed to a sub-par game and hasn't lived up to it's predecessors. Maybe it will find more success as a film and perhaps even have an extended fan base--who knows. :>

Buck_Swaggler
Buck_Swaggler

I wish Pixar had their hands on this.

Hopefully Insomniac will write the script.  If so, it may actually have a chance.


The trailer looks promising.

KenderDragon
KenderDragon

It has potential, but been so deceived by almost all movies made on a videogame. Work well, "Animators".

JOYRIDEME
JOYRIDEME

I like this idea. If done right this movie doesn't have to be about video games it could just as easily be a great animated film with enough for kids and adults to drum up new intrest in the franchise... or it could be a garbage cash in on a declining franchise. 

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I don't know. The time to strike would have been right after the awesome Crack in Time had released. The R&C games have gone downhill since. I don't see this being too good.

baxwam
baxwam

calling this milk is a understatement 

cboye18
cboye18

Why are these developers so fixated of making a movie out of their games nowadays? Maybe because of their apparent lack of imagination or laziness to create new games, like they should? As if they don't have better things to do or to invest in...

Gargus
Gargus

Only way this could be a really great movie is if Pixar did it, but they wont so we will end up with a half way decent movie with a few chuckles in it and animation quality that would considered great 7 years ago. Basically were going to get a mid range level dreamworks kind of animated movie.

AndrewII
AndrewII

I predicted this in 2006........

ZachBobBob
ZachBobBob

I'd rather see a  Jak and Daxter movie

ethanm1834
ethanm1834

I'm glad that this is a thing. This is something that could have been imprinted upon the young long ago to increase sales. I digress, this looks fun and I'm looking forward to it. Ratchet and Clank is a series I just recently got into, and this screams for big screen (or small screen) treatment.

unaminous
unaminous

Hmmm... not sure how I feel about this. Could be good, could be, well, terrible. We'll see how it pans out.

Nintyfan95
Nintyfan95

this is going to be a blast to the past for those who played the PS2/3 titles.

sgtZipper
sgtZipper

I think it's marketing for a new ps4 game, you've heard it from me first!

alchie11
alchie11

I never suspected a R&C film would be made. This came out of nowhere. Two interesting titbits... SCE are the distributors and the 2015 release date. I wonder if it will be an unconventional marketing... Whatever the case, they have two years of marketing available.

Atomic_Gumshoe
Atomic_Gumshoe

surprising that sony animated pictures is not doing it but if the final product looks as good as that trailer then it could still be good

anthony7648
anthony7648

Although I never liked Escape from Planet Earth, this actually sounds promising with involvement from the creators and voice actors.

hydrobeast
hydrobeast

Nooo. this is going to go the way of super mario bros movie or the last air bender someone stop it NOW

atlanticmoon
atlanticmoon

...And you never heard about the Ratchet & Clank movie ever again

PETERAKO
PETERAKO

RAINMAKER's portofolio aint too convincing. why not dreamworks or Pixar?! you had one job insomniac!

EngieTDR
EngieTDR

i only played the 3 first games, the later ones weren't all to good in my opinion. hope I don't miss any references and major characters.

Johny_47
Johny_47

2015... way too early to tell anyone. could have waited 'till december 2014 to say that. This is cool but I really hate teasers.

AlkaPorty
AlkaPorty

I recently bought Tools of Destruction and wow this game is so great, a lot of great humor and an insanely fun gameplay. I just started Crack in Time, though I'm not that far in the game, the weapons don't look interesting as ToD yet.
This is one of the few games that the cut-scenes entertained me as much as the gameplay, I never thought a game like this could make me laugh that much, I'm looking forward for the movie.

gamerboy100
gamerboy100

@Buck_Swaggler

Read the article. It says:

"Insomniac will have a "hands-on role" in the film's production, screenplay, character development, and animation consulting. In addition, Ratchet & Clank writer T.J. Fixman--who has written every Ratchet & Clank game--will pen the script for the film."

Atomic_Gumshoe
Atomic_Gumshoe

I just meant from the animation perspective. Air Bender looked fine technically it was everything else that was awful.

alchie11
alchie11

@PETERAKO Because the script is being written by Insomniac themselves and the VA are the same as the game. CG-Animated films don't require a big player to make it look good. All of them have the same technology. Sony themselves could have done it, but they letting an independent do it (and also because Sony Pictures Animation have their hands full with 5 upcoming, and over 15 in-production films). Plus, Sony would never let their competition make a film from one of their game IPs.

EngieTDR
EngieTDR

@PETERAKO Well, how are smaller studios going to get more experience and get their big break if people won't give them a chance? 

Syrlink
Syrlink

@AlkaPorty Crack in Time is great...the puzzles with clank in that game are a lot of fun.

PETERAKO
PETERAKO

@alchie11 I'm sorry, I'm really, really sorry, but the paterns are there. Is it a game adaptation? yes. Is the studio a barbie film milking operation? according to their "below average" portofolio, I'm afraid it is. this has more chances to suck than to succeed. I will not accept a movie based on a beloved franchise to be made just for the sake of beign made, and when this is the case it has never looked good.  

PETERAKO
PETERAKO

@EngieTDR@PETERAKO "Escape from Planet Earth received mostly negative reviews from critics."

basically it got bashed, and i can't say i liked it myself.

Also their entire portofolio shows no signs of improvement over the many years they are active. so it might not be a matter of accumulating experience when after more than a decade the only thing they have to show for it are mediocre movies for kids.