|By Marketwired .||
|January 28, 2014 02:00 PM EST||
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 01/28/14 -- Rainmaker Entertainment Inc. (TSX VENTURE: RNK) today announced its continuing production partnership with noted independent production company Blockade Entertainment with the announcement of their second theatrical film together, Sly Cooper. The CG-Stereoscopic animated theatrical feature film is based on the highly successful PlayStation® video game franchise from Sony Computer Entertainment America, LLC (SCEA).
Planned for release in early 2016, the film is written and directed by Kevin Munroe and produced by Blockade's CEO Brad Foxhoven and VP of Development David Wohl along with Rainmaker's Kim Dent Wilder. Rainmaker President Michael Hefferon is serving as Executive Producer.
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.
Currently in production on Ratchet & Clank, Sly Cooper marks the second film being produced by Rainmaker and Blockade that is based on a PlayStation franchise. The announcement includes a teaser trailer available at the film's website, as well as through multiple partner sites. Both films are being represented internationally by Cinema Management Group, who will be showing footage from the films at the up-coming European Film Market in Berlin next month.
Originally launched in September 2002, the Sly Cooper® series of games has gone on to become a multimillion unit selling game franchise for SCEA, spawning four full-featured games spanning PlayStion®2 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems and PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system, a comic book series and various merchandise over the past ten years.
"Sly Cooper is one of those stories that will go beyond just entertaining younger audiences, but mainstream audiences as well. The film's mixture of action and comedy, along with endearing characters, gives us an opportunity to build upon an already amazing franchise," said Mr. Foxhoven.
"Rainmaker is excited to again be partnering with Blockade Entertainment and Sony Computer Entertainment to bring another hugely popular PlayStation title, this time Sly Cooper, to the big screen for the first time. Sly Cooper is a known property with a strong fan base, representing exactly the type of branded franchise properties that Rainmaker is committed to producing," noted Mr. Hefferon.
"As one of our most storied and fan favorite PlayStation franchises, we are excited to see the story of Sly premier on the big screen for the first time," said Asad Qizilbash, Senior Director of First Party Games Marketing at Sony Computer Entertainment America. "We have a great partnership with Rainmaker and Blockade Entertainment and we're looking forward to seeing Sly reimagined in a full-feature movie to offer both fans and newcomers alike a chance to become reacquainted with one of our most beloved heroes."
Co-financing was arranged by Film Financial Services and includes their main partner in China, Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation as the lead investor in the film. Rainmaker is also an investor.
About Rainmaker Entertainment
Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Rainmaker Entertainment Inc. is a multifaceted animation studio and one of Canada's largest producers of CG animation. On February 15, 2013, Rainmaker's first feature film, Escape From Planet Earth (distributed by The Weinstein Company), opened on 3,200 screens across North America. Originally established as Mainframe Entertainment, the company produced the first ever CGI animation series, ReBoot, and over the course of its 15+ years of innovative history, Rainmaker has continued to break new ground in animation, telling engaging stories and creating compelling characters for all media. In addition to projects Rainmaker has produced with partners and clients including Mattel, The Weinstein Company, Hasbro, Lionsgate and Sony, Rainmaker also develops proprietary projects for both film and television. For more information, visit www.rainmaker.com.
About Blockade Entertainment
Blockade Entertainment is an independent production company that creates and produces original and licensed content for feature films, television, and various entertainment and digital platforms. Blockade is currently in production the Ratchet and Clank, a CG-Animated theatrical film, and is in post-production on the Heavenly Sword, a direct to DVD CG-Animated film. www.blockade.com.
About Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC
Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (SCEA) has revolutionized home entertainment since the first PlayStation® console launched in 1995 in the United States, followed by the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system launch in 2000. SCEA continues to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system, the PlayStation®3 (PS3) computer entertainment system, PSN(SM), PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita) handheld entertainment system, and the recently launched PlayStation®4 (PS4) computer entertainment system. SCEA also launched PlayStation®Mobile, a cross device mobile platform using Android-based PlayStation® certified devices in October 2012. Recognized as an undisputed industry leader, SCEA markets the PlayStation® family of products and develops, publishes, markets and distributes software for PSP, PS3, PS Vita, and PS4 systems in North and South America. Based in San Mateo, California, SCEA serves as headquarters for all North and South American operations.
About Film Financial Services
Film Financial Services is a 28 year-old investment banking firm based in Seattle, specializing in the creation of media funds and the financing of independent and studio films through international co-financing arrangements. Headed by CEO David Sheldon, for ten years FFS represented First National Bank (South Africa's largest bank, through its FirstCorp division) in their media investments and lending. FFS is currently arranging financing for several other Blockade films. FFS is represented in China by JSBC. See www.filmfinancialservices.com.
About Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation
The second largest media company in China, Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation owns dozens of televisions channels and cinemas as well as TV and film production studios and distribution companies. It is China's largest producer of popular television programs. JSBC has 3400 employees and its media activities reach all of China. In the west, JSBC is represented by Film Financial Services. See www.jsbc.com.
About Cinema Management Group
CMG, which is celebrating its 10 anniversary this year, has firmly established itself as one of the leading international sales companies in the field of independently produced 3D animation. Recent successes include Adventures in Zambezia which saw its international box-office climb to over US$30 million. Other 3D animated properties handled by CMG which have had #1 openings internationally include Khumba and this holiday season's 3D animated feature Saving Santa. See www.cinemamanagementgroup.com.
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