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Rainmaker’s ‘Ratchet & Clank’ in Theaters Friday!

CG-animated feature based on the iconic PlayStation video game franchise featuring the voices of Paul Giamatti, John Goodman, Bella Thorne, Rosario Dawson and Sylvester Stallone secures global distribution, releases in North America on April 29.

VANCOUVER, B.C. -- Rainmaker Entertainment’s Ratchet & Clank will open wide on 2,890 screens across North America on Friday, April 29, 2016, distributed by Gramercy Pictures in the U.S. and Universal Pictures Canada.

Rainmaker Entertainment is the co-producer and lead investor of the CG-animated Ratchet & Clank. The feature film is based on the iconic PlayStation video game franchise from Sony Computer Entertainment America, created and developed by Insomniac Games, and was produced in parallel with the latest video game release for PlayStation 4, which just topped the U.K. sales charts securing the #1 spot as best-selling retail game (week ending April 23, 2016, according to GfK Chart-Track) and claiming the first #1 in franchise history.

In the international market, Ratchet & Clank releases today in Germany (Constantin Film), Argentina (Sun Distribution), Brazil (PlayArte Films), CIS (All Media Company), Ex-Yugoslavia (Blitz Film), and Greece (Tanweer Films).

Coinciding with the North American release on April 29th, Ratchet & Clank debuts internationally in the U.K. (Vertigo Releasing), Spain (Precision Comunicacion), Bulgaria (A Plus Films), Czech Republic and Slovakia (Indigo Films), Iceland (Sena), Middle East (Eagle Films), and Vietnam (Phuong Nam CC). The feature film was released earlier in the month in France (LaBelle Company), Netherlands (Entertainment One Benelux), Israel (United King Films), Poland (Kino Swiat), and South Africa (Times Media Films).

In May, Ratchet & Clank will roll out on May 4th in Belgium (eOne Benelux), May 5th in Hungary (ADS Service), Portugal (Outsider Films) and South Korea (Joy n’ Contents Group), May 13th in Indonesia (MVP, Soundspace International), May 25th in the Philippines (OctoArts Films), and May 26th in Chile (Sun Distribution), Malaysia and Singapore (Film Kingdom). In June, the film will be released in Australia and New Zealand (Village Roadshow) and Italy (Lucky Red), and in August, Japan (IPA Asia Pacific). Several additional territories are yet to be announced.

Leading International Sales Agent, Cinema Management Group (CMG), spearheaded the international sales for Ratchet & Clank.

Ratchet & Clank is the first feature film to have been produced in tandem with a video game, and it has been incredibly exciting to be a part of a constant flow back-and-forth among extremely creative talents, sharing assets with the goal of creating an extended experience for fans,” commented Rainmaker president and chief creative officer Michael Hefferon. “The movie and the new game complement one another, and we are confident that Ratchet & Clank will prove to be the full entertainment package for old and new fans alike.”

Ratchet & Clank features the voice talent of an all-star cast including Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe Award winner Paul Giamatti (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Saving Mr. Banks, Cinderella Man, Sideways) as “Chairman Drek;” Golden Globe Award winner John Goodman (Transformers: Age of Extinction, Monsters Inc., Monsters University, Argo) as “Grimroth;” Young Artist Award winner Bella Thorne (Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip, The Snow Queen 2, Blended) as “Cora;” ALMA Award winner Rosario Dawson (The LEGO Batman Movie, Marvel’s Daredevil, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Sin City) as “Elaris;” and Golden Globe Award winner and Academy Award nominee Sylvester Stallone (Creed, Rambo, The Expendables, Rocky) as “Victor.” The celebrity cast members join the voice talent from the successful Ratchet & Clank video game franchise: James Arnold Taylor (Star Wars: Clone Wars, TMNT) as “Ratchet”; David Kaye (Up) as “Clank;” Armin Shimerman (Bionicle: The Legend Reborn, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) as “Nefarious;” and Jim Ward (The Fairly Odd Parents, Escape from Planet Earth) as “Captain Qwark.

Ratchet & 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 will learn about heroism, friendship, and the importance of discovering one’s own identity.

Source: Rainmaker Entertainment

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.