What reportedly started as a "very small" budget experiment at animation house Blockade Entertainment is now gearing up as a feature film with international distribution as Heavenly Sword --a computer generation animated movie based on the PlayStation 3 game of the same name-- has been scheduled for a 2014 launch.
Heavenly Sword is a dramatic tale of revenge that sees Nariko (Anna Torv), a fiery red-haired heroine, embark on a quest for vengeance against the invading King Bohan (Alfred Molina) and his army. Once considered the failure of a legendary prophesy, Nariko must wield a sword that was ultimately meant for another. This ancient Heavenly Sword, once belonging to a powerful deity, can never be wielded by a mortal without it slowly but inevitably killing them. For Nariko it is a race against time to avenge her clan before her life is irreparably overtaken by the omnipotent Heavenly Sword.
An interview article
on IGN confirms that Aussie actor Anna Torv (Fringe) will be reprising her role as Nariko, and will be joined by Alfred Molina and Thomas Jane (Marvel Films' Doctor Octopus and The Punisher), but that Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings' Gollum) was unavailable for the project, so Molina will be the film's King Bohan. Videogame voiceover vets Nolan North and Barry Dennem are also expected to return.
The film initially began as a production experiment between Blockade and Sony. The objective was to use existing video game assets and development materials, along with various game pipeline techniques, to produce a feature length film. By capitalizing on the enhanced production efficiencies, the additional resources and investment could then be placed on the actual production itself. The result would be a smaller-budgeted film that would look and feel like a much more expensive production. It just happened that we loved Heavenly Sword, and Sony agreed to allow us to work with the franchise.
Check out the trailer below.