Sly Cooper Is Getting An Animated Movie, This Isn’t A Terrible Idea
IF you owned a PS2 then chances are you played one of the Sly Cooper games. They were right up there with Ratchet & Clank or Jak & Daxter except without a sidekick in the title. Last year we got Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time (Sly 4 if you’re lazy) and it wasn’t a bad game by any means but it was sorely dated.
There is still a place for Sly in gaming but he needs some updated gameplay. Until then Sony has come up with a pretty great use for the IP by turning Sly Cooper into a CGI film.
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Planned for release in 2016, the film will be written and directed by Kevin Monroe (who also wrote and directed the 2007 CGI Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie). In case you didn’t watch that TMNT movie, it’s above average and should give us some hope for what Monroe is doing with Sly.
The movie will serve as a origin story wherein Sly learns of his family’s legacy and his thieving ancestry while also reassemble pieces of the Thievius Raccoonus, an ancient book holding The Cooper Clan’s family secrets, before it can fall into the hands of the evil Clockwerk.
Check out the trailer above which seems to hit the tone of the games perfectly.
This is definitely a viable route for Sony to take with Sly and possibly more of its fun-loving PS2 characters. Ratchet & Clank or Jak Daxter would be just as well suited to CGI movies. This could be a way to farm those old franchises without necessarily refurbishing them for the current gaming scene.
Another way to consider it is that a number of 20-something parents may have played these games and will be eager to take their kids to see the movies should they be made. That’s just pure conjecture but it’s a theory.
Regardless, I think Sony is onto something here and would be interested to see how they expand on it.