At long last the PlayStation brand, or rather a key franchise, is going to arrive in the world of cinema. After various projects have been kicked around such as live-action adaptations of Infamous, Killzone, Shadow of the Colossus, and Uncharted, none other than the Ratchet & Clank series will be the first key PlayStation property to grace the screens of movie theaters around the world.
Perhaps a bit late to the party as far as appeal and recognition of the franchise, the Ratchet & Clank movie will be going the CG route so we need not worry of a horrible game adaption that seeks to combine live-action and animated elements in a shameful way. Scheduled for a 2015 release, the R&C movie is being produced by Blockade Entertainment while the actual creation duties of the film fall upon the team over at Rainmaker Entertainment.
Known most recently for their CG feature film Escape From Planet Earth, it’s worth noting that Rainmaker is the studio formerly known as Mainframe, the company that pioneered creating CG shows for the TV market in amazing projects such as ReBoot, Beast Wars, and Shadow Raiders: War Planets. While some of the key figures who made Mainframe are no longer at Rainmaker, the studio still has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to creating high-end CG films/TV shows. So as of now the R&C franchise is in safe hands.
Insomniac Games, the creators of R&C, may not be handling the feature film debut themselves, but they are lending their expertise as creative consultants. Even better, long-time R&C writer T.J. Fixman is responsible for penning the script for the R&C movie so tonally things should definitely be familiar. Of course longtime R&C voice actors James Arnold Taylor (Ratchet) and David Kaye (Clank) are lending their services once again so we don't need to worry about the voice of our favorite Lombax suddenly being portrayed by a random pop/R&B singer.
The R&C franchise may have had a few wobbly moments during the past few years, but it’s reassuring that Sony, and to an extent Insomniac, are pushing the series with a movie that’s actually set to arrive in theaters. Such a thing could mean that we haven’t seen the last of R&C on the core PlayStation platform since it would be odd to release a movie based upon a game without a tie-in game of some sort. So could this latest development confirm that we’ll see Ratchet & Clank appear on the PS4 in the next two years?
Additionally, Blockade Entertainment also revealed that they plan on releasing a straight-to-video CG movie based upon Heavenly Sword. A true shocker, the Heavenly Sword movie comes nearly five years after the game first arrived on the PS3. Whether or not this means that Sony is still interested in pursuing the franchise is unknown, but one has to assume that this could be a test of sorts to see if development on Heavenly Sword 2, which was being handled by SCE Studio Cambridge, should be resurrected.