Written by Karlamon :
Ratchet & Clank, the upcoming animated feature based on the hit PlayStation video game franchise, has been confirmed by the official PlayStation Blog that it will be releasing in US theatres on April 29, 2016. Universal Pictures subsidiary Focus Features (who are known for distributing Laika’s stop-motion films, and Shane Acker’s 9) have picked up the rights to distribute in the United States.
Along with a confirmed release date, a number of famous actors have been announced to provide voiceovers in the movie, including Paul Giamatti, John Goodman, Bella Thorne, Rosario Dawson, and Sylvester Stallone. The main characters are to be voiced by the same voice-actors in the games, with James Arnold Taylor as Ratchet, David Kaye as Clank, and Jim Ward as Captain Qwark.
The movie adaption of the first Ratchet & Clank game has been animated by Rainmaker Entertainment (the makers of Escape from Planet Earth) under the direction of Kevin Munroe and Jerrica Cleland. Meanwhile, series developer Insommiac Games is currently working on a PlayStation 4 re-imagining of the first game which will tie in with the movie.
Personally, I see this movie having a lot of potential as a video game adaptation, especially when it has the look of the games, the writer of the first game (TJ Fixman), and the original voice-actors of the games. As someone who didn’t get a chance to play any of the games in the past, I recently decided to buy the remastered trilogy on the PlayStation 3. Playing through the first game, I am totally amazed by how enjoyable, funny, and deep it is, and it seems like great material to adapt for the big screen. I plan to play though as many of the main games as possible before the movie’s release, so wish me luck! :3
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