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Straight Up Films discusses new “Thief” film based on game franchise

With an “Assassin’s Creed,” “Thief” and an “Uncharted” film in the works, video-games are hoping to ride the coat-tails of the Superhero box-office.

“Thief” is just the latest video-game adaptation to be announced, a genre that has been hit or miss over the past few decades. Los Angeles-based company Straight Up Films will produce the feature adaptation of the award-winning video game franchise, which made its debut back in 1998.

The franchise went through a next-gen reboot in 2016, the new “Thief” game was produced through Square Enix and Eidos-Montréal. Now that Straight Up Films has acquired the film rights for the THIEF video game franchise, we will be waiting for casting updates and a release window. Both of which should be revealed over the next year.

Game enthusiasts probably know Eidos-Montréal from their work with the popular “Deux Ex” franchise. THIEF is set in a dark, fantasy world ruled by a tyrant who exploits dark magic as a means of establishing control. The story is told through the eyes of a master thief who must use his skills to restore freedom and prosperity to the people.

“We have always been passionate about telling stories and bringing them to different mediums. With the intricate world of THIEF being made into a feature film, a larger audience will be able to dive into this universe” says David Anfossi, Head of Studio, Eidos-Montréal.

Straight Up Films will produce the feature adaptation with Roy Lee and Adrian Askarieh. The company’s President of Production, Sandra Condito, will serve as executive producer, along with Khalid Jones of Source Rock and Square Enix’s subsidiary, Eidos-Montréal.

Feature film writing duo Adam Mason and Simon Boyes (Misconduct, Hangman, Not Safe for Work) will write the screenplay. Lee, who will produce under his Vertigo Entertainment shingle, was a producer on the “How to Train Your Dragon” franchise, and is currently developing sequels to 2014’s critically acclaimed box office hit “The Lego Movie”.

Askarieh’s film credits include 2007’s “Hitman,” starring Timothy Olyphant and Olga Kurylenko, and its sequel “Hitman: Agent 47”. He will produce the movie under his Prime Universe production banner.

The film company began back in 2008, created by production veterans Marisa Polvino and Kate Cohen. The Company is backed by attorney and producer David Boies, among other private investors. It partners with various production partners on its feature developments, as well as with various television broadcast entities on its small screen projects. Straight Up produced the feature films “Transcendence.”