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'Sly Cooper' CGI movie set for 2016

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Sony and Blockade Entertainment announced Tuesday a feature film based on the PlayStation platforming series, "Sly Cooper," set for 2016.

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Revealed on the official PlayStation blog, the dashing raccoon thief who first stole the hearts (and play time) of PS2 owners in 2010 will join "Ratchet & Clank" in getting the Hollywood movie treatment. Here's the official movie synopsis, which appears to be loosely based on the first game.

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. 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.

According to Brad Foxhoven, the film's producer and CEO of Blockade Entertainment, Sony and Sucker Punch (the series' original developer) are working closely with the "Sly Cooper" movie team to ensure a faithful adaptation. While the "Sly Cooper" teaser trailer released today by Blockade and Rainmaker Entertainment showed the same spirit of the franchise and some familiar voices, the series' cel-shaded look has been dropped in favor of redesigned CGI visuals. The film will be directed by Kevin Munroe, who previously directed the 2007 "TMNT" CGI movie and the 2010 film, "Dylan Dog: Dead of Night."

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