Sly Cooper Movie Announced

Sony today announced a Sly Cooper movie. The animated film will release sometime in 2016 and is described as a “kinetic and comedic heist film” that will also tell the story of orphaned raccoon thief Sly Cooper and his childhood friends Bentley Turtle and Murray Hippo. Kevin Munroe, director of the 2007 film TMNT, wrote the screenplay and will direct the movie.

“The film will stay true to the franchise, though it will not be a complete origin story,” says David Wohl, VP of Development and a producer on Sly Cooper. “In the film, Sly and his buddies are already together, though they are far from being great at what they do.

Here’s full synopsis for the movie:

 “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.”

We are working very closely with both Sony and Sucker Punch to make sure we are staying true to the franchise,” says Brad Foxhoven, the film’s producer and CEO of Blockade Entertainment. “Since we were altering the look of the characters and world into pure CG, it was important to keep them in the process. This included the script, the characters, models, and the cast. Of course we were nervous about the results, and breathed a massive sigh of relief when they gave their approval. Now we just have to wait for the fans…”

Rainmaker Entertainment and Blockade Entertainment, the two studios who are working on the big-screen adaption of Ratchet and Clank, will also develop this film.

A teaser trailer was released and can be viewed here.