Films based on video games are big business, but it is rare when the end result is a good movie, let alone faithful to the original source. For every successful Tomb Raider and Resident Evil, the industry has also seen horrors the likes of Street Fighter and Super Mario Bros. One upcoming movie that does seem to offer some hope for a decent translation is Ratchet & Clank, and Sony has finally decided to share some details and a trailer with us.
Thankfully an animated feature (could you imagine a guy in a Ratchet suit?), the movie is being created by Blockade Entertainment and Rainmaker Entertainment. Insomniac is taking a very hands-on approach to the film, and the scriptwriter of the recent games for PS3 is onboard to write the story.
We have a while yet to wait for the release of the potentially groundbreaking movie, a rough 2015 date is currently all we are being told. We are promised further information soon via the PlayStation blog however, and of course we will report back on anything we find out in the meantime. One thing that may have been kind of inadvertently announced at the same time however is a PS4 Ratchet & Clank game, perhaps also for 2015. After all, surely Sony wouldn’t release a movie based on a dead franchise? It would make much more sense that a game releases at roughly the same time as the movie to maximize hype for both.
Having said that, Blockade Entertainment is also working on a Heavenly Sword animated movie, starring both Anna Torv (from Fringe), and Alfred Molina. As we all know, the original Heavenly Sword was a bit of a flop, released close to the start of the PS3’s life – does this news also mean that Nariko will be making a further gaming appearance, following on from being a playable character in PlayStation All-Stars?