Watch: 'Ratchet & Clank' Video Game Movie Announcement Teaser
Well, this came out of nowhere. While more recent video game adaptations are reaching into more real-life action and adventure, like Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell with Tom Hardy, or even sci-fi action like Deus Ex: Human Revolution from the filmmakers behind Sinister, a new adaptation is reaching into the more cartoony world of video games. Insomniac Games announced today on the PlayStation blog (via ComingSoon) that they would be bringing their Ratchet & Clank video game franchise to theaters in a movie slated for release in 2015. And if that wasn't enough, there's an announcement teaser and photos!
Here's the announcement teaser trailer for Ratchet & Clank from PlayStation:
And here's a couple first look photos of Ratchet, Clank and Qwark:
The video game series has over a dozen installments and follows Ratchet (an animalistic human-like character known as a Lombax, who is a mechanic) and Clank (a diminutive, sentient robot) as they travel through the universe, saving it from evil forces on a regular basis. However, the film is supposed to take place before the video game series as a sort of origin story showing how Ratchet and Clank met. Here's the official plot synopsis from 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. "
Video game voice talents will be utilized for the film including James A. Taylor as Ratchet, David Kaye as Clank and Jim Ward as Qwark. However, the only downside for fans who might be excited about the film is that Rainmaker Entertainment is behind the film, and that's the animation studio responsible for Escape from Planet Earth, the blatant rip-off of Planet 51. Perhaps the quality of the film isn't the fault of the animation studio and rather the poor script, but this already has me on the fence about seeing these characters come to life on the big screen. Any Ratchet & Clank fans excited?