In a post on his personal blog today, Ratchet & Clank writer Todd 'T.J.' Fixman announced his departure from Insomniac Games to pursue a career in screenwriting. Fixman has been involved in nine games in the Ratchet & Clank series over his seven year stint at the studio. He's currently working on writing the Ratchet & Clank feature film and recently sold his spec script, One Night on the Hudson, to Universal Pictures. Identity Thief director Seth Gordon will direct the film, which is starring Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis.
"Despite the rewrite deadlines, story meetings, and note sessions, I told myself I could manage the workload - all while working on two games in simultaneous production on opposite ends of the country," Fixman wrote. "Recently, I was offered a feature assignment at Disney, at which point thirteen-year-old T.J. reached through a time vortex to high-five me and ask why I still wear the same Mighty Mighty Bosstones shirt. I knew at this point I had taken on too much work for any one person, but I was having trouble pulling the trigger."
"Then, as if fate had noticed I was having a difficult time leaping, my phone rang again. It was my manager, telling me I’d sold another script to New Line. Two projects, two days. And more projects rolling in. Now I’m tallying up hours in the day and figuring out how I’d be able to get my pages done on time, and it became immediately clear it was time to make the leap."
Fixman said he's given Insomniac everything they need to finish the recently-announced Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus. He will continue to work with the studio in some fashion, but the specific details haven't been nailed down at this point.
"For those of you who have supported me as a game writer, I hope you stick around and support me through the next phase of my career. At the risk of sounding cliche, I couldn’t do it without you," Fixman added.