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Chronicle director Josh Trank will develop Shadow of the Colossus for Sony

05.24.2012

Sony Pictures adaptation of the Playstation video game SHADOW OF THE COLOSSUS seems to have found a director. Josh Trank who directed the surprise hit CHRONICLE is developing the film version of the game.

Trank has been linked to several projects recently, including a FANTASTIC FOUR reboot, Marvel Comics' VENOM, and an adaptation of the comic book THE RED STAR.

SHADOW OF THE COLOSSUS tells the story of a young man who believes his lover to be dead, so he heads to a "forbidden land" to summon a demon that can wake her. In order to bring the woman back to life, however, he needs to slay 16 colossi. They're massive, "skyscraper-sized giants" that rise from the ground, fly through the air, and dwell in the water. Soon, the man questions his pursuit and wonders if he's made a deal with the devil.

Trank did an excellent job with CHRONICLE, using the low budget to his advantage and crafting a really good superhero movie. Who knows what he would be able to do with a larger budget. I hope that they keep the mood and ominous appearance from the video game for the movie. The game is considered influential in the industry due the unique visual style and gameplay. From a story standpoint there is very little back story so it remains to be seen if a film version would flesh out the plot or keep it simple and drop the viewer right into the action.

Extra Tidbit: I preferred ICO to SHADOW OF THE COLOSSUS, personally.
Source: MTV

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7:44AM on 05/25/2012
Love the game, hate the idea of a movie. This is a largely silent game with largely one single human character (conscious anyway). The only way they can do this is by bastardising the story which will probably make it unrecongnisable from the game......
Love the game, hate the idea of a movie. This is a largely silent game with largely one single human character (conscious anyway). The only way they can do this is by bastardising the story which will probably make it unrecongnisable from the game......
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12:04AM on 05/25/2012

Cautiously optimistic

Yes, I dont know how they are going to translate this into a movie either, but...they've said the same thing about plenty of books that became good movies.

CHRONICLE had a lot of geek love put into it, so I really hope he can focus that energy on this movie. It's certainly a colossal undertaking (went there).
Yes, I dont know how they are going to translate this into a movie either, but...they've said the same thing about plenty of books that became good movies.

CHRONICLE had a lot of geek love put into it, so I really hope he can focus that energy on this movie. It's certainly a colossal undertaking (went there).
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11:10PM on 05/24/2012

Skeptical

In addition to the concerns others have raised regarding dialogue, pacing, etc I think the biggest loss will be changing from an interactive to a passive medium. Part of the emotional impact of the game was that YOU were the one running around slaying these benign giants. When you're the owner of the action the impact is greater. Simply watching someone else do it would not carry the same weight, IMO.
In addition to the concerns others have raised regarding dialogue, pacing, etc I think the biggest loss will be changing from an interactive to a passive medium. Part of the emotional impact of the game was that YOU were the one running around slaying these benign giants. When you're the owner of the action the impact is greater. Simply watching someone else do it would not carry the same weight, IMO.
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10:23PM on 05/24/2012
SotC it's one of my top 10 games of all time, but I really can't see how they can make a movie out of it. As it was mentioned before it has a very simple plot. What made the game great IMO was its atmosphere, that it would be very difficult to capture on film.
SotC it's one of my top 10 games of all time, but I really can't see how they can make a movie out of it. As it was mentioned before it has a very simple plot. What made the game great IMO was its atmosphere, that it would be very difficult to capture on film.
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9:10PM on 05/24/2012
Somebody get Weta on the phone. The project they were born for just opened up...
Somebody get Weta on the phone. The project they were born for just opened up...
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8:57PM on 05/24/2012
Ah geez... not this shit again. This is just not gonna happen. The game itself is already hard to adapt for Hollywood. You get a mostly dialogue-less story where a boy rides his horse around the wilderness until he finds a Colossus, he kills it, and rinse and repeat. Whatever dialogue there is, it is spoken in a made-up language. And even if Trank wanted to make it faithful to the game as possible, some ignorant studio exec is gonna complain that "there's not enough dialogue" or "It should be
Ah geez... not this shit again. This is just not gonna happen. The game itself is already hard to adapt for Hollywood. You get a mostly dialogue-less story where a boy rides his horse around the wilderness until he finds a Colossus, he kills it, and rinse and repeat. Whatever dialogue there is, it is spoken in a made-up language. And even if Trank wanted to make it faithful to the game as possible, some ignorant studio exec is gonna complain that "there's not enough dialogue" or "It should be in modern American English!" "there's not enough humor" or maybe even "Hey, he needs a racially offensive comic relief as his side-kick!", and they push back and forth, until this thing gets pushed back to development limbo again!
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8:24PM on 05/24/2012
There already is a movie of Shadow of the Colossus. It's called Shadow of the Colossus, and it's a videogame. Seriously, that game is incredibly cinematic. A movie would be redundant.
There already is a movie of Shadow of the Colossus. It's called Shadow of the Colossus, and it's a videogame. Seriously, that game is incredibly cinematic. A movie would be redundant.
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6:36PM on 05/24/2012

SOTC

is an awesome game and this movie would definitely be amazing in IMAX 3D, but at the same time it will be incredibly hard to pull off and not ruin... because truth be told as great as the game is I just don't see how it can really translate into a movie, there is really no story in the game, just a couple characters and very little (if any?) dialog... hmm...
is an awesome game and this movie would definitely be amazing in IMAX 3D, but at the same time it will be incredibly hard to pull off and not ruin... because truth be told as great as the game is I just don't see how it can really translate into a movie, there is really no story in the game, just a couple characters and very little (if any?) dialog... hmm...
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6:31PM on 05/24/2012
Shadow is a great game, the only reason I break out the ps2 to this day!
Shadow is a great game, the only reason I break out the ps2 to this day!
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