Sony is bringing one of its classic video game franchises to the big screen. Sly Cooper, dare-devil raccoon thief, and his anthropomorphic companions are slated to make their animated debut in 2016 according to the film’s first trailer.
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The Sly Cooper games have long been one of the more charming PlayStation exclusive franchises out there, a great blend of comedy and stealth.
The latest—and only entry on PS3—Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, was no exception.
News of a feature film is great, especially since the characters ought to make the leap from game to film with ease. Even more so because it may indicate a new Sly Cooper game will come quicker than last time around—fully eight years passed between the most recent game and its predecessor. And I’d love to play Sly Cooper on the PS4.
The film is being directed by Kevin Munroe, and animated by Rainmaker Entertainment and Blockade Entertainment.
Here’s the synopsis:
“Sly Cooper is a kinetic and comedic heist film that tells the story of Sly Cooper, an orphaned raccoon thief, along with his childhood friends and partners in crime, Bentley Turtle and Murray Hippo. In the film, Sly learns of his birth family’s secret legacy; that he comes from a long line of talented and international thieves. Endowed with this knowledge, Sly and his friends are catapulted into a global adventure as they race to reassemble pieces of an ancient book holding The Cooper Clan’s family secrets before it can fall into the hands of Clockwerk — an evil Russian metallic owl bent on ending the Cooper family line. From romantic Parisian backdrops to the lush mountains of China, gritty film noir meets bright, colorful graphic novels in this origin story of the world’s greatest thief-turned-hero.”
Sounds good to me. I’m always happy when a movie stars “an evil Russian metallic owl” as the villain.
Still, as nice as the CG graphics look in this trailer, I do wish they’d gone for more of the cell-shaded look from Thieves in Time.
Sony also has a Ratchet & Clank movie in the works (from the same studios.) Hopefully we see more PlayStation franchises headed for the big screen as well. Traditionally, the transition between film and video games (in either direction) has been a major hurdle, but franchises like Sly Cooper will hopefully buck that trend.