Remember the good old days when Sony’s main lineup of games was mostly comprised of 3D platformers with colorful characters and grand plots? Apparently Sony does too, since they just announced a film adaptation of Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus.
A discerning Sly Cooper fan will notice a few things. Notably, the characters have been redesigned in what appears to be more “realistic” to their animal shapes. Your mileage may vary on this—personally I think Murray looks more like Pey’j from Beyond Good & Evil—but Sly and Bentley don’t look so bad. It also seems as if the voice actors for Murray and Bentley are reprising their roles.
Since it’s just a teaser, it’s hard to judge what the final product will look like, but I’m optimistic. Sly’s motions in the trailer perfectly capture his acrobatics in the game. When he slid along the wire and landed on the tower I though, “Oh hey! I’ve done that before!” I’m also hopeful because the Ratchet & Clank movie is shaping up well, utilizing original voice actors and Insomniac writers. If this is following the same pattern, I don’t see it being a flop.
I’m liking this trend from Sony. It shows a lot of initiative to take charge of their franchises and get them adapted into movies. Hopefully they pull out all the stops to make Sly Cooper and Ratchet & Clank really good. I could see Sony pulling a Marvel on us and having a crossover with all their franchises down the line, a la Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale. And who knows? Maybe Nintendo and Microsoft will start to make movies for their first party franchises too (fat chance with Nintendo, I know, but I’m still waiting on my Neill Blomkamp Halo movie).
Now I’m wondering… how long until we get a Jak and Daxter movie? I don’t know, but for now, Sly Cooper is set to steal your heart in 2016.