Square Enix's videogame franchise "Thief" has been acquired by Straight Up Films. The movie adaptation will be produced by Roy Lee and Adrian Askarieh. Straight Up principal producers Marisa Polvino and Kate Cohen will also work on the film in some capacity.
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Other executive producers will be Straight Up President of Production Sandra Condito and Khalid Jones of Source Rock and Square Enix.
According to Variety, Adam Mason and Simon Boyes (“Misconduct”) will write the screenplay.
"Thief" is developed by Eidos-Montreal and Published by Square Enix, which is Tokyo based. There have been three sequels to the game over the last 18 years. The game itself is set in a dark fantastical world that is ruled by an evil tyrant who uses his magic for evil and establishing control.
“This popular game is entirely unique within the genre, which is why we’re particularly excited to be working with these canny, dedicated filmmakers to bring it to the screen,” said Polvino and Cohen.
The last big movie produced by Straight Up Films was the Johnny Depp sci-fi flick "Transcendence," which was under the Warner Bros. umbrella.
Lee will be producing under Vertigo Entertainment. He has an extensive history in executive producing including "The Departed," "The Ring," and "The Lego Movie." Currently he is working on "The Minecraft Movie," "Dungeons & Dragons," and "Death Note."
Askarieh's credits include "Hitman" and its sequel "Hitman: Agent 47," and will be producing under the Prime Universe production banner.
We will update with information as more becomes available. For now, here's the trailer for the 2013 video game:
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