The Heavenly Sword animated movie that was announced right around the same time as the Ratchet & Clank movie will be released worldwide on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download in Spring 2014, with select global markets getting a theatrical release as well.
Starring Anna Torv as Nariko, Alfred Molina as King Bohan, and Thomas Jane, here’s a look at the movie:
As for how the Heavenly Sword movie came about, Producer Brad Foxhoven explained:
We had an idea we presented to Sony a few years back. We asked them to allow us to use the existing game assets and development materials from a Sony game to make a movie. Sony could pick the franchise we would adapt, as we loved all of the franchises within PlayStation — how could we go wrong?
They chose Heavenly Sword.
Brad continued by addressing the absence of Andy Serkis and what they have changed in the story:
“Sorry about Andy – his schedule didn’t match up with our production. We think Alfred does an amazing job in the film though. As for the story – we alter one element. There is a “chosen one”, and Nariko has to get to him before King Bohan. What happens when they meet up is a great moment in the film. I won’t spoil it for you. :)”
“We [are] true to the game’s mythology with one exception – there is a “true wielder” who was born, and Nariko has to deal with that bit of news in the film. We felt it added a great moment for Nariko, and increased the drama and pressure on her heroic journey.”
After saying how “we really wanted Andy” and that they “added a new soundtrack that would match the type of film (and story) being made,” Brad then gave some bad news for Kai fans:
Sadly the actor who played Kai is not in the film (Lydia Baksh). That said, we think the actress who came on for the role (Ashleigh Ball) does an amazing job. Make sure to stay to the end of the film for a cool moment with Kai.
Although Brad isn’t a part of the team that could greenlight a possible Heavenly Sword sequel, he does say “there are many Heavenly Sword fans in the halls of Sony” and “I would imagine if the film does well it would have an impact [on a potential sequel].”
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