‘Sly Cooper’ is headed for the big screen in 2016

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On January 28, PlayStation released a trailer for ‘Sly Cooper,’ the movie. Set to hit theaters in 2016 that rascally raccoon is setting out to defend his family tree. The story line is largely based on Sly’s adventures in Sly Cooper 4: Thieves in Time.

In the film, according to a post on PlayStation.Blog by producer Brad Foxhoven:

 Sly learns that he comes from a long line of talented, international thieves, and is catapulted into a global adventure. Sly races 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 metallic owl bent on ending the Cooper family line.

The major differences between the latest game and the upcoming movie are a global adventure rather than a race through time, the sinister and soulless Clockwerk instead of the dastardly Cyrille Le Paradox, and the artistic style, which moved from cel shading to a more realistic CG.

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Fans are disappointed in the change, but Foxhoven noted that the shift in style occurred only after attempts to translate the games style seamlessly onto the big screen failed. All parties involved in the Sly universe, PlayStation, Sucker Punch Productions, Blockade Entertainment, and Rainmaker all agreed that switching up the styles would lead to a more enjoyable theater experience.

With two years until release, this trailer is more of a sampling than a final product. Foxhoven has also reassured fans that they will be addressing some of the more prominent concerns, particularly character designs, as they continue to move forward. There is plenty of time between now and 2016 so there is no reason to panic-yet.

PlayStation appears determined to make animated features based on video games. ‘Sly Cooper’ will be the company’s third game to film adaptation, with a ‘Heavenly Sword‘ animated film coming out this spring, and a ‘Ratchet and Clank‘ feature scheduled for release in 2015. If these three films are met with box office success, perhaps we’ll see more popular game franchises make the leap to film.

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