Video game movies are going to be the next big thing. Sure, every movie studio in Hollywood is going to keep churning out as many comic book movies as their contracts with Marvel and DC will allow, but eventually audiences will grow a tad tired of seeing new superhero movies trying to out spectacle one another every few months. And when they do, studios are going to have to turn their attention to another market with a built-in audience. And when they do, Sony will have the edge.
Unlike other studios, Sony has the benefit of owning the PlayStation and its several generation’s worth of exclusive games to draw from. We already knew it had a Ratchet & Clank movie in the works, but it also been working on an adaptation of Sly Cooper, and even though it’s not scheduled to hit theaters until a year after R&C, we’ve already got a teaser trailer for the film.
Written and directed by Kevin Munroe (TMNT), and developed by Rainmaker Entertainment (the Canadian studio that gave the world ReBoot, the first ever CGI animated TV series, as well as last year’s Escape from Planet Earth), Sly Cooper tells the story of…
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.
Now if you are a die-hard fan of the game series (which started way back in 2002 on the PlayStation 2), you may be bothered by some of the aesthetic changes here, but keep in mind we’ve still got another two years between now and its 2016 release, so there’s plenty of time to tweak the character details along the way (just don’t expect the film to switch to the cel shading style of the video game). The below trailer doesn’t hint at any of the plot specifics above, so it looks like more of a proof of concept than anything. It doesn’t look like the biggest animated movie ever made (Rainmaker isn’t exactly working with Pixar levels of money), but we’re guessing a movie about a raccoon and his thieving friends who cause plenty of mischief is going to be plenty popular with its target kids demographic.
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