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Oh god, there's going to be a film based on the 2014 reboot of Thief


That's right, there's going to be a movie based on the 2014 Thief reboot. You know, the one with the story about the thing with the thing, where the broody guy had to steal the thing to save the thing. 

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Straight Up Films have acquired the rights to adapt Square Enix’s Thief into a movie, according to Hollywood Reporter.

The film's screenplay will be written by Adam Mason and Simon Boyes (Misconduct, Not Safe for Work) and is planned to take place in a “dark fantasy world where a master thief tries to restore freedom denied by a magic-wielding tyrant,” mirroring the forgettable plot of Square Enix’s 2014 Thief reboot.

No actor or director have been announced as yet, but I reckon they should go with Leonardo Dicaprio for Garrett - surely this will net him that second Oscar win. 

I'm sad now because I just remembered how good the Looking Glass-developed Thief games were. 

First we find out the Assassin's Creed movie already has a sequel planned, then we discover there's a Tomb Raider film in the works. Are videogame movie adaptations the new comic book movie adaptations? 

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Esivo Avatar
2 Years ago

"Are videogame movie adaptations the new comic book movie adaptations?"

If they start making good ones it might become the next trend. There are so many good games (there of course is a reason why you can't make a game into a movie but this isn't the time) that I reckon would make great movies. If they figure it out, I wouldn't mind at all.

But I'm kinda meh about this Thief movie.

Kirk McKeand Avatar
2 Years ago

I'm with you, man. It would be nice if they get it right, but let's be honest - most games don't have great stories.

subedii Avatar
2 Years ago

In fairness I feel like Thief has a great setting and a pretty good main character. Once you've got those in-place, ignore the game's story and furnish your own that works with the film format.

Of course, in reality I still don't expect anything good to come of this.

Also bear in mind, I never played the reboot.

Lolssi Avatar
2 Years ago

And those that do are often rpgs with great characters and you'd struggle to tell the story in couple of hours. Perhaps tv series would be better choice to some of these stories?

AnAuldWolf Avatar
2 Years ago

I think it's more that most games with good stories don't have stories that would be alluring to the kind of people who look for IPs to turn into movies.

Consider: To the Moon, The Novelist, Gone Home, Californium, Kentucky Route Zero, and Firewatch. Oh, to see the coupling of Pixar and Firewatch, that could be glorious.

Instead, they choose the mindless, mainstream action titles which... indeed, never have any storylines present to speak of.

AnAuldWolf Avatar
2 Years ago

I remember playing that game.

"Shh. Young female apprentice. You are using your tools LOUDLY. A thief must be stealthy. Quiet. GIVE ME THAT noisy thing!"

Garrett then proceeds to noisily use the claw, run loudly across rooftops, and fall in through rooftops in front of guards, and and and... I lost interest after that.

It's a shame, because aside from the story being terrible and treating the new character horribly (she's a woman, so that's not uncommon in video games), the city hub where you stole things was pretty fun.

Frankly, Styx was just so much better in every regard.

Also the drawers irritated me. After Shenmue back in, what, '99? After that, seeing an empty drawer with just a sole item that I'm mean to take irritates me. That's so aesthetically lazy.

Also, also? Not making use of ALL of the interesting culture, locations, and lore on offer in the Thief Universe. Going so far as to even specifically disrespect 'taffer.'

Honestly, I was more surprised that Thief wasn't Universally loved and that I wasn't the only one who disliked it. So why is this movie happening?

scytherman Avatar
1 Year ago

I loved this game and recall fond memories playing it , engrossed in the storyline and the stealth gameplay it offered. (had a lot of deja vu moments after coming from Dishonored).Sorry never played the old blocky predecessors to this one (maybe that was a good thing-it let me enjoy the game without moaning about the so-called shortcomings of the reboot) I imagine I would replay this while waiting in anticipation of the movie tie-in to come.

Garratt does admonish Erin for her brash/cocky approach to thieving (perhaps he knows a bit more than us about her violent streak in behaviour- probably would be explained in detail in a sequel to this). I found Garratt's world-weary monologues a perfect accompaniment to the unfolding story(the voice actor does a good job conveying the emotions- Basso's voice was just hilarious; sleazy and at times funny).

If the game designers had made the loot more sparse, precious and challenging to obtain, it would have added a nice twist to the challenge for the gameplay (Garratt seems to steal everything that is not bolted down). They also could have fleshed out the background on Baron's life and activities. He comes to be revealed later as a misunderstood visionary. It is a mystery why none of the lock picking animations with individual ratchets moving, the light-emitting star globe thing with the symbols at the brothel, heavy armour guards with shields,etc from the reveal trailer made it into the finished game.

I must say that the OST was a top-notch effort by Luc St-Pierre; I enjoyed playing it time and again and remember being transported to the sections of the Thief's universe and situations in my mind's eye. Hopefully he would be given a nod to do the movie sound score and in a possible (and anticipated) sequel.

Sure, this may not be for everybody (nothing is, other than the simple hack-slash-shoot nonsense that pervades the game scene these days, which would have a story that you could jot down on the back of an envelope) but I would opine if gamers took the effort to play it to the final chapter leaving the Looking Glass "baggage" by the wayside, they would have had a rewarding experience.

I am personally eager to see the movie tie-in but definitely not an "Uwe Boll" kind of treatment...that whole "Bloodrayne" affair still rankles.