Sly is going Hollywood.

Sony has announced a movie based on their esteemed Sly Cooper franchise. An animated feature film due in 2016, it's described as a "kinetic and comedic heist" picture that tells the story of an orphaned raccoon (Sly) and his buddies, Bentley Turtle and Murray Hippo. "TMNT" director Kevin Munroe handled the screenplay and he will also direct.

After learning of his family's "secret legacy," Sly is off on a whirlwind adventure. As Sony explains:

"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."

The two studios involved in production are the same ones cranking away on a "Ratchet & Clank" movie: Rainmaker Entertainment and Blockade Entertainment. The trailer is available below and fans ought to be encouraged. For some reason, it seems less likely that they'll screw up an animated film. You can at least make a good one of those , right? Just make the kids laugh and you're golden.