Not all adaptations of video games need be live action as the upcoming Ratchet & Clank movie proves. And fans needn’t worry that it’s going to be a throwaway, straight-to-DVD affair as it’s just nabbed some serious acting talent for its voice cast.
THR reports that Sylvester Stallone, Paul Giamatti and John Goodman have signed up to lend their voices to the CG-animated adaptation of the popular Playstation game, as well as Rosario Dawson and rising star Bella Thorne (The Duff). It’s moving full steam ahead as Focus Features has also just picked up the U.S. rights.
Fans of the game will be glad to hear that the original voice cast is making the jump to the big-screen version, including James Arnold Taylor (Ratchet), David Kaye (Clank), Armin Shimerman (Nefarious) and Jim Ward (Captain Qwark).
For those unfamiliar, the original game premiered in 2002 and has become a firm favourite among gamers since then, with more than 12 further installments already released and I’m sure many more to come. The film is being directed by Kevin Munroe (who made the underrate 2007 animated TMNT movie) – who also contributed to the script from an original draft by former Insomnia Games writer TJ Fixman – and co-directed by Jericca Cleland.
The film follows the two unlikely heroes (a foolhardy “lombax” and a pint-sized robot) as they struggle to stop a vile alien named Chairman Drek from destroying every planet in the Solana Galaxy. When the duo stumble upon a dangerous weapon capable of destroying entire planets, they must join forces with a team a group called The Galactic Rangers in order to save the galaxy.
If this turns out to be as good as is hoped, could this pave the way for more similar Playstation game adaptations like Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon and Jak and Daxter?
Ratchet & Clank is already set for release on April 29th, 2016.