Now this looks awesome. Earlier today, screens from the upcoming Sly Cooper film adaptation landed on Facebook, and sent the internet a-twitter discussing its look and general art style. Though I don’t necessarily promote thoughtless conversion of source material to Dreamworks-like visual tomfoolery, a quick glance at the above teaser affirms that we probably don’t have too much to worry about in the looks department. Such fur shading!
The film will be penned by TMNT writer Kevin Munroe, who also happens to be handling the upcoming Ratchet and Clank film adaptation. Both films are a collaboration between Blockade Entertainment and Rainmaker Entertainment, the latter of which is responsible for such classics as Barbie in the Nutcracker and Tony Hawk in Boom Boom Sabotage. Let’s just hope they know what they’re doing.
Will slick CG translate to a charming film that captures the spirit of the games? It’s likely way too early to say. I found the trailer to be well done, but I’ve already seen complaints around the web claiming that the dialogue was goofy, or that the visuals “abandon” the Saturday morning cartoon flavor that the Sly series is known for. I’m no die-hard Cooper buff, nor do I have high expectations for videogame movies in general, so I wager I’ll be pleased as punch when this thing finds its way to my local theater.
Sly Cooper will be ready by 2016 according to the teaser, so there’s still quite a bit of work to be done before this thing is even close to completion. I actually quite liked TMNT, and am confident that Munroe and his crew can pull together something special with enough time and resources, which they clearly have. Between Sly Cooper and Ratchet and Clank, you might even say the immediate fate of videogame films depends on it.