Report: Thief Movie In The Works -- Who Would You Cast As Garrett?

Yet another classic video game franchise being adapted for the big screen.

According to a report from Hollywood insider publication The Tracking Board, a movie based on the Thief franchise is in development. Production companies Vertigo Films and Prime Universe are developing the movie, with Adrian Askarieh and Roy Lee set to produce it. Both are veteran Hollywood producers, and are also behind the upcoming movie based on Deus Ex: Human Revolution.

Askarieh and his production company Prime Universe also brought Hitman to the big-screen in 2007, and are currently working on a reboot called Hitman: Agent 47. The Tracking Board's report doesn't say anything about the plot for the Thief movie. But it's probably a safe bet to say that the franchise's thief hero, Garrett, will play a major role.

The Thief franchise was created by Looking Glass Studios, and the first installment was 1998's Thief: The Dark Project. Two sequels followed in the 2000s, while the most recent entry in the series was this year's Thief for consoles and PC. Not long after release, that game's developer, Eidos Montreal, laid off more than two dozens staffers.

It sounds like it's still very early days for the Thief movie, and there are no details yet concerning a director or cast. It's also unclear what kind of creative direction it will take. We have reached out to Square Enix for comment and will update this story with anything we hear back.

The Thief movies joins a growing list of video game movies currently in production. Ubisoft is currently working on a total of six movies, including features based on Assassin's Creed, Splinter Cell, and Watch Dogs. In addition, movies based on Warcraft, The Last of Us, Temple Run, Minecraft, Metal Gear Solid, and Angry Birds are on the way. The most recent video game movie was this year's Need for Speed, which starred Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul. The movie did not win over critics, but it was a commercial success.

Who would you cast as Garrett in the Thief movie? Let us know in the comments below!

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Mechwarrior22
Mechwarrior22

Stephen arnell from arrow he has the technical abilities with a bo and arrow plus he can play a dark character

Sjalasvalten
Sjalasvalten

Really?  I love the franchise a whole lot but a movie based on the Thief series?  There is literally no way it'll be worth the investment.  A totally niche game/franchise/genre turned movie somehow means success to someone?  I hope this is goes nowhere fast.

If this goes through get Uwe Boll to direct it; that way we all know what to expect. What a bloody joke.

gameroutlawzz
gameroutlawzz

abit out of topic but Im still waiting for a Dead Space movie.

kvan33
kvan33

The Thief series (prior to the last one) had one of the most unique and interesting worlds of any game in the last 20 years.   ...and even if the movie is based on that world, it will still suck.

DragonessAthena
DragonessAthena

Geez Square Enix is super desperate.. What are they going to do when the Tomb Raider movie and Hitman movie tank AGAIN?.. You know, since there's been 2 Tomb Raider movies before, and the 2nd one bombed, and the Hitman movie bombed big time.

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catsimboy
catsimboy

If the story is based on the reboot's story this movie will be Uwe Boll levels of bad.

xantufrog
xantufrog

To be honest - and I say this as a huge fan of the old Thief games - I don't see this turning out well. 

It might do ok in the box office because people like dark action stuff enough to walk in to the theater having never touched a Thief game. BUT the Thief games were great because of the stealth GAMING. I never found the plot to be particularly coherent and mind blowing. It was about the gameplay. Take the game itself away and what's left? 

Something something magic?... something something corruption?... something something Dark Side. 


On the one hand, I guess that works well for a movie, since they have a fairly blank canvas to with which to do basically anything they want and call it a Thief movie. But on the other hand, I sense an absurd plot in the works that tries to shoehorn too many themes and clumsy plot twists into a movie with a protagonist who undoubtedly will not strike a good balance between "robin hoodness" and petty criminal.

pork7
pork7

King Obobo is a great thief. Can we cast him? 

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

I would hire a woman. I don't know why I just think that would work. Would be unexpected anyway.

dribblesbarbax
dribblesbarbax

I can see Adrian Brody creeping around stealing s**t.

Hurvl
Hurvl

Who to play Garrett? Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy, Eragon)? Perhaps not. Someone who's less handsome and young would be better.

zizo490
zizo490

Back in 2001 it would be so good movie but make it now after this game!!

i hope they success. :)

cherublvl99
cherublvl99

Movie? Shouldn't they make a good game first?

xantufrog
xantufrog

@kvan33 exactly - I just can't see them doing anything soulful and quality with the Thief template. 

It's probably going to have some hot chick that disapproves of his kind-of-sort-of Robin Hood lifestyle. They have a few gritty sex scenes as she begs him to not get embroiled in political turmoil, but then in the end she has to help him steal something to stop the curse of the whatchamacallit from spreading because of the greed of the dark baron whose tortured, evil personality stems from the loss of his great love (Garrett's girlfriend's sister!) who died in the last plague. The baron's genetic experiments - combining alchemy with dark magic - breed evil Bloodborne-esque guard dogs to subdue the poverty-stricken masses in the city, and are aided by a dark priest who gets his power from necromancy, and...


*sound of popcorn getting shoved down a fat gullet and jumbo soda slurping*

WereCatf
WereCatf

@pork7 All of the EA execs are also great thieves. I wouldn't want to see them on the big screen, though.

WereCatf
WereCatf

@Dannystaples14 I kind of agree. Not some overly-sexualized, heavy-breasted model, though; someone closer to how a real-life person looks like, a bit rough around the corners, and you'd have someone who fits the role wholesome.

kvan33
kvan33

That and an antagonist called "The Woodsy Lord" probably won't resonate with mainstream audiences.