Sly Cooper was an upcoming American-Canadian 3D computer-animated film based on Sony's Sly Cooper series; more specifically the first game, Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus. The film is being produced by Brad Foxhoven and David Wohl of Blockade Entertainment; the original developer, Rainmaker Studios, has left the project as of December 7, 2017. It was originally set for a 2016 release, though due to Rainmaker's departure, the actual release date is unknown. Foxhoven has stated that they would return to the idea of the movie after the TV series releases.
Sly Cooper is a kinetic and comedic heist film that tells the story of Sly Cooper, an orphaned raccoon thief, and the adventures of his childhood friends and partners in crime, Bentley Turtle and Murray Hippo. In the film, Sly learns that he comes from a long line of talented, international thieves, and is catapulted into a global adventure. Sly races 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 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.
The movie had been teased as early as January 13, 2014, when the Facebook page was created. A teaser trailer and PlayStation Blog announcement were posted simultaneously on January 28. According to Brad Foxhoven, after only a few months of development, Rainmaker and then-director Kevin Munroe had mostly "nailed" the look and feel of the film. Foxhoven also confirmed that Blockade and Rainmaker would be working closely with Sony and Sucker Punch Productions to make sure the film stays true to the franchise. Major changes, such as using CG animation rather than the cel-shading that has been a staple of the series, were supported by both Sony and Sucker Punch.
The same day the movie was announced, Kevin Miller confirmed that he was not asked to voice the role of Sly Cooper. Later, on the Gamerland Podcast, Kevin mentioned that while he did feel heartbroken for not being asked to voice Sly, he simultaneously felt excited because he wants the series to do well. As he put it, the movie may require A-list celebrities in order to attract a wider audience and be successful. Additionally, he claimed that Sony, out of respect for Kevin's work in the series, went out of their way to inform him of the casting situation at least a week before the trailer was to release. He did confirm that Matt Olsen and Chris Murphy reprised their roles for the teaser trailer while Ian James Corlett voiced Sly. Since casting hasn't been finalized, he stated that he would love to voice Sly if asked to. Lastly, Kevin requested that fans stop complaining about menial things such as "Murray's look" or "Bentley's glasses" and instead focus their energy on supporting the movie as the franchise's next step in gaining popularity.
In an interview at WonderCon 2016, over two years after the initial announcement, Kevin Munroe stated that the film had yet to enter production. Following the poor box office performance of the Ratchet & Clank film, Rainmaker president Michael Hefferon said that the studio would "have to rethink timing, how we release and even budget numbers that we consider releasing films at." On January 23, 2017, Rainmaker Studios uploaded a new trailer to their YouTube channel with one minor difference: the words "Breaking Into Theaters In 2016" were replaced with "The Movie." In March, the studio updated its website, marking the Sly Cooper movie as "in development." In November, Sly Cooper was removed from the site entirely. As of December 7, 2017, Rainmaker has left the project, selling their rights to the other four partners for $132,990, and will receive another $200,000 if the film is greenlit by another studio. Due to Rainmaker's departure, the roles of director and writer, previously held by Kevin Munroe, have been vacated. Two of the film's producers from Rainmaker, Kim Dent Wilder and Michael Hefferon, have left their positions as well.
- Sly Cooper: Ian James Corlett
- Bentley: Matt Olsen
- Murray: Chris Murphy
- Carmelita Fox: TBA
- Clockwerk: TBA
More characters (especially other villains) are confirmed to be a part of the film, but neither the characters nor their cast have been announced. Additionally, casting has not been finalized due to the film still being in development.
- Director: Unknown[note 1]
- Producers: Brad Foxhoven, David Wohl, Harley Zhao (executive), David Sheldon (executive)
- Scriptwriter: Unknown[note 1]
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- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Due to Rainmaker's departure in December of 2017, many positions within production are unknown.