Report: Vertigo And Prime Universe At Work On Thief Movie Adaptation

by Harry Mackin on Jul 09, 2014 at 07:26 AM

According to, Vertigo Entertainment and Prime Universe are developing a movie based on Thief, the stealth video game franchise. The movie is being produced by Adrian Askarieh and Roy Lee, who are also co-producing the Deus Ex movie.

Askarieh also produced the 2007 film adaptation of the Hitman franchise, starring Timothy Olyphant. Vertigo Entertainment also produced the hugely successful The Lego Movie this year.

The Thief franchise has been around since 1999 and is credited as one of the forerunners of the stealth genre of video gaming. The series follows Garrett, the titular thief and antihero, using his wits, stealth skills, and a cool bow to steal anything and everything he can get his hands on.   

The most recent game was developed by Eidos Montreal and was Game Informer’s April 2013 cover. Thief released in February of this year. You can read our review here.

No additional details on the Thief movie have been announced at this time, but will keep you updated when any new information comes to light. It’s been a huge year for video game movie announcements, with reports that Dead Rising, The Last of Us, Metal Gear Solid, Sly Cooper, Ratchet and Clank, and Splinter Cell all have their own movies adaptations in the works.  

[Source: tracking-board via Polygon]


Our Take
It’s become really hard not to be skeptical about video game adaptations, so it’s difficult to be anything other than extremely cautiously optimistic about the prospect of this Thief movie. It’s cool that the people associated at this point with the film are experienced and seem interested in the potential for doing justice to the source material, however, and the Deus Ex movie looks pretty cool, so who knows? At the very least, it might be fun to see Garrett smart-mouthing and shooting out torches with inexplicable water arrows on the big screen.