Sony’s popular video game raccoon thief, Sly Cooper, will be getting the big screen treatment in pure CGI. The Sly Cooper film will come out in 2016. The film’s animation will be done by Rainmaker Entertainment, and Blockade Entertainment will help with production. The two companies are also working on the upcoming Ratchet and Clank film.
Apart from Sly, his partners, computer genius Bentley Turtle, and muscle-man Murray Hippo, will also appear, of course. It seems the film will take place early in the game’s career. David Wohl, one of the producers, says that, “Sly and his buddied are already together, though they are far from being great at what they do”. Interestingly, it seems we might see a “newbie” Sly who makes mistakes.
The official synopsis is thus:
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
The plot seems similar to the first game. Can I hope this will be a movie trilogy? One more things many fans have pointed out is, most of the main cutscenes in the Sly games are hand-drawn, but the film will be CGI, and many of the character models look different than the game versions. Sly and Bentley look fine, but I think Murray will take getting used to. There is just something about him…
There is even a teaser trailer, and for me, the best part is that the game’s voice cast reprised their roles in it, although Wohl was pretty dodgy when asked if the cast would reprise the roles in the actual movie. Like Ratchet and Clank, the footage in the trailer probably won’t be in the actual film.