Not content with the upcoming Ratchet & Clank and Heavenly Sword cinematic conversions, production double-act Blockade Entertainment and Rainmaker Entertainment has revealed that its busy beavering away on a theatrical debut for Sly Cooper and crew. The animated movie – which is due out in 2016 – will follow the plot of the first game, as the titular hero joins forces with his light-fingered friends Bentley and Murray in order to recover the pages of the criminal novella the Thievius Raccoonus.

“From romantic Parisian backdrops to the lush mountains of China, gritty film noir meets bright, colourful graphic novels in this origin story of the world’s greatest thief-turned-hero,” reads the film’s official blurb. By the look of the initial artwork, the flick will adopt a slightly more realistic look, as opposed to the cel-shaded style of the games. It’s being penned by Kevin Munroe, who is perhaps best known for the 2007 animated TMNT revival.

The movie’s official website does include a trailer, but the video’s set to private, so we suspect that that will be posted later today. In the meantime, we’ve included all of the currently released promotional images for your viewing pleasure. Would you be willing to break into a theatre to catch a glimpse of the Sly Cooper flick, or are you already sprinting towards your getaway van? Act suspicious in the comments section below.

[via slycoopermovie.com, facebook.com, vg247.com]