EXCLUSIVE: Edward Noeltner’s international sales company has reported strong business on the animation titles after showing footage in Berlin.
Rainmaker Entertainment and Blockade Entertainment’s stereoscopic CG-animated features Ratchet & Clank (pictured) and Sly Cooper are based on the PlayStation video game franchises from Sony Computer Entertainment America.
Cinema Management Group (CMG) has closed all rights deals on Sly Cooper in Latin America (Imagem Filmes), CIS (Volga Films), South Korea (Korea Screen), Poland (Kino Swiat), Middle East (Front Row Filmed), Turkey (MG Beyond), Israel (FilmHouse), Portugal (Outsider Films), Hungary (ADS Service), Romania (Programs4Media) and Vietnam (Rain Film SDN).
Ratchet & Clank has also been licensed for all rights to CIS (All Media Company), Poland (Kino Swiat), Portugal (Outsider Films), Hungary (ADS Service) and Romania (Programs4Media) with previous sales on the feature having been done for Latin America (Playarte), South Korea (Joy n’ Contents Group), the Middle East (Eagle Films), Israel (United King), Ex-Yugoslavia (Blitz Film), Bulgaria (A Plus Film) as well as Turkey and Greece (Tanweer).
“Michael Hefferon’s Rainmaker Entertainment and Brad Foxhoven’s Blockade Entertainment are producing two enormously exciting feature films for a worldwide audience based on very well-known franchise properties,” said CMG founder and president Noeltner. “It has been truly gratifying to find such strong support for both properties from our international distribution partners.”
Both films will receive promotional and marketing support from PlayStation’s PSN (PlayStation Network), which claims to have a market reach of 100m households worldwide.
Noeltner said Ratchet & Clank was “well into production” in Vancouver and the producers anticipate an early 2015 release. The original screenplay was written by TJ Fixman with Kevin Munroe (TNMT) directing and Jericca Cleland co-directing. Brad Foxhoven, David Wohl and Kylie Ellis are producing and the executive producers are Hefferon, Kim Dent Wilder and Film Financial Services president David Sheldon.
Ratchet & Clank centres on two unlikely heroes who must defeat a vile alien from destroying every planet in the Solana Galaxy
Sly Cooper tells of an orphaned raccoon thief who plans a heist with his childhood friends and is scheduled for delivery in early 2016.