As video games begin to expand and become cross-media brands, theatres and televisions alike will soon be filled with entertainment that once had to be experienced on a game console or appropriately built PC. For example, Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed will be getting the film treatment, while Microsoft has hired on Steven Speilburg to produce a Halo television series. The expansion of these beloved gaming franchises into new forms of media is inevitable, and now Sony has announced that Sly Cooper will be making the same transition.
Announced today in a new teaser trailer, Sly Cooper will be coming to theatres in a brand new animated film. The basis for the plot of the new film sounds nearly identical to the original PlayStation 2 game, as described by PlayStation.Blog, and follows Sly’s quest to recover all of the missing portions of his family’s ancient book (likely the Thievius Raccoonus) before the villainous Clockwerk can get his metallic talons on them.
Both of Sly’s trusted sidekicks, Bentley Turtle and Murray Hippo, make a return in the upcoming motion picture — and newly released teaser trailer — but many fans will notice that they appear very different from their models in the game. The decision to revamp the entire look and aesthetic of the Sly Cooper universe for something a little more cinematic was done with the approval of both PlayStation and Sucker Punch Productions — the latter being the core developer of the series.
But wait, which studio will be developing the new project? None other than Rainmaker Entertainment and Blockade Entertainment are currently working on the new project, and both of these studios will sound familiar to those who’ve been paying attention to other PlayStation-related animated film announcements. These are the same studios working on the upcoming Ratchet & Clank movie, and Blockade is also developing the Heavenly Sword animated film.
Despite having a very nice teaser trailer, Sly Cooper won’t be sneaking into theatres until early 2016. That said, since a new PlayStation cinematic film will be launching every year in between — Heavenly Sword comes out in 2014 and Ratchet & Clank hits theatres in 2015 — the wait should prove to be quite tolerable.
What do you think of the teaser for the new Sly Cooper movie? Which Sony franchise could transition to the big screen next?
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