Sly Cooper, the anthropomorphic raccoon star of several video games, is set to get his own movie. Although not due for release until 2016, the movie already has an official website, Facebook page, Twitter account, and a teaser-trailer:
The film will be made by animation studio Rainmaker Entertainment and indie production company Blockade Entertainment. The writer and director will be Kevin Munroe, who previously wrote and directed the CGI Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie of 2007.
Bringing yet another well-known video game to the big screen, Sony Pictures have announced that Sly Cooper — The Movie is filming and set for release in 2016. Erik Kain at Forbes.com has the complete story, as well as a link to the teaser trailer. The film is being directed by Kevin Munroe (one of the writers on the TMNT film from 2007) and animated by Rainmaker Entertainment and Blockade Entertainment (both of whom are currently working on the Ratchet & Clank movie, also for Sony). According to the press release, “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. ” With the movie not coming out until 2016, we can probably assume that the teaser trailer does not reflect the look or feel of the final film — but it does get the word out and hopefully gets people interested.
This fall appears to be setting itself up for a string of new blockbuster video game titles, ranging from Star Fox 64: 3D, to Sly Cooper : Thieves in Time, Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One, a pair of Tekken games, and even the little-heard-of 3DS title, The Rolling Western.
DC Comics has announned a Sly Cooper fan art contest, with the grand prize including a 3-day/2-night trip for two to New York City, including visits to the Joe Kubert School of Cartooning and Graphic art and DC Comics headquarters. 25 other entrants will receive a gift pack including Sly 2: Band of Thieves for Playstation 2.
The September issue of GamePro Magazine has a 24-page comic book of Sly Cooper included.
The publisher is given as DC comics, but no indica are present; nor artist/writer credits except for 'Trav / Augie' on the cover- and the interior art seems done by the cover artist. Gamepro runs $5.99 on newstanda.
Ever look at a game and think "I could design better characters than that!"? Well, prove it, fanboy. You have until December 31st to send off your drawings and bios to win a trip to Seattle to get your favorite furry critter into a Sly Cooper game.
Non-Americans will have to suck it in, though, the contest isn't open to them.