Shadow of the Colossus falling on Hollywood

Team Ico's beloved 2005 PS2 adventure is being turned into a film...by the screenwriter of Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li.

The old showbiz saying goes, "You're only as good as your last job." And though that axiom may hold true for much of Hollywood, it doesn't seem to apply to game-based movie projects. Case in point: Andrzej Bartkowiak, the director of the big-screen version of Doom. When that project bombed, he was promptly given the job of helming Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li.

The shock of today's announcement was enough to fell the mighty beast.

Now, despite The Legend of Chun-Li adaptation's spectacular flame-out at box offices and with reviewers, its screenwriter has been handed another beloved, award-winning game license. According to both Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, Justin Marks has been asked to write the script for a big-screen version of Team Ico's Shadow of the Colossus. Currently, the scribe is working on a remake of 20,000 Leagues: Under the Sea for director McG (Terminator: Salvation, Charlie's Angels).

According to the trades, the big-screen Shadow of the Colossus is in the early stages of development at Sony Pictures Entertainment, sibling to the game's publisher, Sony Computer Entertainment. It will be produced by Kevin Misher, who worked on The Interpreter and this summer's Michael Mann-directed, Johnny Depp-starring gangster epic Public Enemies. He is also attached to a new adaptation of the Frank Herbert novel Dune, to be directed by Peter Berg (Hancock).

Hailed by reviewers on its release in 2005, the PlayStation 2-exclusive Shadow of the Colossus sold more than 900,000 copies in the US. Developed by Team Ico, which is working on its PlayStation 3 debut, the game follows a young warrior who has brought his fallen love to a faraway temple in the hopes of restoring her to health. According to a mysterious presence that dwells within the temple's walls, the only way to save this girl is to hunt down and destroy the 16 massive beasts that roam the surrounding lands. To see how the quest goes, check out the video review below.

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METTLEWOLF
METTLEWOLF

You never know. Hollywood might surprise us like they did with the FarCry movie.

ifoundyou37
ifoundyou37

look for all the people saying that should not make this into a movie you cant stop them its impossible now

al_beraq
al_beraq

The Game is in it's perfect state as it is, they shouldn't make up any more stories of it. it should be a mysteryin the background,the boy, the claussus... begun in nowhere.. and ends in nowhere. all I can say that I trust the owner of the story wherever he end up, cuz he's the one who made it and he's the one who should know all the mystries of the boy. All I know his name was "Kon", if I remember right. that should be enough knowledge!

TioTito31
TioTito31

Shadow of the Colossus is one of the few games considered "art" And now they are making a Hollywood movie about it? Most Hollywood movies are anything but art. This is terrible news. They won't capture the atmosphere or experience you get when playing this game. At least pick someone with an impressive resume.

Bartimeaus
Bartimeaus

Not sure if want. It might not be the game and it could be the back story as to how the colossi came to be.

ifoundyou37
ifoundyou37

i don't see how they can make it sure its a great game but there are 16 colossus how are they going to fit them all in . it would be best if they did a t.v show instead also he doesn't really even talk to anyone

VXLbeast
VXLbeast

This could go really well or reall badly.

robmisterj20
robmisterj20

m7kr0 your dead on with everything you said an also still own the game with no ps2 but I mite have 2 buy one again just to play it again. ridiculously good game! Sony I implore you please dont make this! Just make another game! HD SOTC... yep I just came!!

RereKeren
RereKeren

I can just imagine them casting a terrible main character and them making the atmosphere completely nothing like the game. There is no way they can decently fit all 16 colossi and most likely will end up skipping some and then just fastforwarding the entire story and it'll just be sh!t.

DaMiGi22863
DaMiGi22863

God forbid that they make this game into a Movie, it's already good enough as it is. Don't ruin it.

m7kr0
m7kr0

I'm terryfied of this being made into a film, you couldn't possibly pull it off, the feeling of scale, emotion, beauty + unimaginable odds transcended the need for dialogue, no questions needed to be asked, you just got the feeling of the character, this is something that needed to be done because he had to, because it was too painful for him to let her go, arrghh! god money makin scumbags, i don't even have a ps2 anymore but kept the game because i refuse to get rid of it, ABSOLUTE MASTERPEICE... Shouldn't be messed with, they are gonna upset a helluva lot of people, me for 1!!!

24k_Solid_Gold
24k_Solid_Gold

I pray they don't make it. All they'll accomplish is ruining one of the most beautiful games in history.

SquareEnixRules
SquareEnixRules

This could either be epic, or extreme epic failure and ruin my all time favorite game. We will have to see...

Lazule
Lazule

They would be better off creating a sequel (different main character mind you) than making a movie out of it. They're going to have to create an entirely different story to make this into a movie. SotC is the most beautiful game in history. Don't f*** with it. You'll only end up ruining it.

mattr333
mattr333

There is no way this is going to be good. wow some people need to open there eyes there is one character that does not talk

northprophet
northprophet

Hollywood should have never gotten their hands on this game! People have commented on how little dialogue there would have to be, and how short the script would be, but that's what makes it so rediculously difficult. While the major American studios have been able to pull off deep, profound, epic and beautiful on rare occasion, I've never seen anything come out of Hollywood that could approach the monumental challange that SotC presents as source material. I'd feel more comfortable with this being an independant film or a European or Japanese work. They lack the budgets to do the rediculous scale of this story, but they tend to have styles of writing that are more compatable with SotC. That's the impression I got from the game, like I was "playing" an beautifully epic foreign film.

OnionTree
OnionTree

It could have no sound and no picture, and Hollywood would STILL manage to find a way to royally **** it up.

phroido
phroido

This would be a great movie as long there in NO dialog.

lanmanna
lanmanna

*sigh* This is going to be like making a film about a painting. You can't mess with art!

OnionTree
OnionTree

I don't need to say it, you don't need to say it. It doesn't take a nerd or an analyst to know that this is going to blow epic chunks.

Blink3r
Blink3r

awwwwwww dammmmmmmmn why do they have to ruin such an amazing game? T.T sotc doesn't have much content for an entire film so they'll add lots of crap.... noooooooooooooo =(

RDB26
RDB26

This isn't sitting too well with me. SotC's mood comes from being thrown into a strange, isolated world completly be your self with no help from anyone. This won't translate well into a movie, there will be no dialouge and there is no way and there is no way that the movie can capture the feeling of the quest of traversing the land and finding than slaying 16 Colossi in an hour and a half to three hours. And who will Wanderer talk to the whole time? The horse? Ico, with more developed characters and dioglouge wounldn't even make a good movie. The silent teamwork and building of trust between Ico and Yorda was what made their relationship special. The two kids had nothing in common but needing to escape but they were still able to form a stong bond. Games do not make good movies and movies don't usually translate into the best games...

jddawg0808
jddawg0808

No! People who play the game know why this won't work.

NobleEskimo
NobleEskimo

I can't wait for this movie. I loved Doom and Street Fighter (both of them!), and all of Uwe Boll's movies for that matter. This movie is going to be full of exploding zombies and boobs; I can't wait!!!!

Barighm
Barighm

There is no talent working on this project. It will suck. Hollywood will kill the best argument we have that video games can be art...which is what they want, I'm sure. I'm sad. :'(

cardinalphoenix
cardinalphoenix

Yeah, this isn't likely to go well. I mean, games like Shadow of the Colossus and Doom, although wildly in different genres, do share one commonality...they both give the player fairly minimal plot and premise, and expect you to fill in the holes en route through the gameplay till you reach the conclusion, which may or not explain things to a satisfying degree depending on your expectations. The fact that Shadow's movie has a whole script already doesn't bode well. That game hardly had any speech as it was! Doom was the same thing, the main character didn't speak a syllable. Real easy tip, in case those guys are reading...okay...Shadow's movie can be great, if you do it this way...make the movie shorter! Fit more pertinent info into the beginning, leave the viewer with lots of questions (same as the players, 'cause let's face it, we all had questions through that whole masterpiece), fit in some fancy colossus battles in the middle and make the final wrap up no longer than 2 or so minutes at the end, so that we have resolution to the story, without explaining every little detail. That way, newbies to the universe will be able to enjoy it like we all did, :-D

SkylinePigeon
SkylinePigeon

Nooooo this is terrible. Oh dear... it's ok to make movies of games like Street Fighter, Tomb Raider, Doom, etc. because while they may be good games, they don't carry any emotional heft. Shadow of the Colossus is art. Masterful art at that, something that doesn't deserved to be sullied by this guy.

cheetah_TM
cheetah_TM

Maybe Peter Jackson could pull it off, but I bet this this movie will be a disgrace to the game.

fyinz
fyinz

making movie a bad idea.

akram112
akram112

well said, sequekhan! I keep hoping that a good game based movie will come, but no. I sincerely hope this movie doesnt turn out to be crap.

sequekhan
sequekhan

Sad, so sad. There has never been a good game-turned-movie - the only exception perhaps being the first Resident Evil movie. I'll ignore it when it comes out, pretend it isn't there. Ho-hum. Games should stay as games, books as books, movies as movies. They all work differently, they all have their place.

jaichigo
jaichigo

Uf...legend of chun li..well, you always have to be given a second chance! And who cares about script, I mean, the game doesn't really have an existent language.

TheLunaDivider
TheLunaDivider

Why Hollywood why. I really can't understand it.

mariet
mariet

And once again: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Why in this world there is nothing sacred? :(

mariet
mariet

The only thing I can say: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! :( Why Sony doesn't chose Guillermo Del Toro? X2 :( The producer of this film will be Kevin Misha NOOO!. And to make matters worse Justin Marks will be responsible for the scripts (the same who did the script Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li). Once again: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Max_Rage
Max_Rage

I've never played the game but i figure if it has someone with the same heart as the kreaters of The Ring behind it then it kould build into something.

zookeeper56
zookeeper56

i dont think a game like this should be a movie, to little diologe, and i perfer people not ruining such a beautiful masterpeice of a game. all the movie will be is a cheap imitation. Unless Fumito ueda himself directs it that would be the best person to make this movie.

poorisaac
poorisaac

The only way this could get turned into a movie is if you got someone like Peter Jackson to work on it because of its absolutely epic feeling. As for the actual story you need someone like Park Chan Wook (Oldboy, Sympathy for Mr. Veangance) who really knows how to make a movie subtle. There is very little speaking in SOTC and I believe that would have to carry the movie. So pretty much what that guy should be writing in this screen play is "ARO!" and loud groaning sounds. Otherwise I really don't think this movie should happen. It's just too epic in scale to bring to life. SOMEONE CALL UWE BOLL! Just Kidding.

ureolympichero
ureolympichero

Can someone make a decent movie, the answer is NOOO...NOOOOOOO...NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

Xlyger74
Xlyger74

Where the eff is SOTC 2 instead of this.

speed45823
speed45823

here's a hint. if u r a fan of the game then dont watch the movie. those damn fools who r making this movie r gonna get bankrupt...i hope.

ATL14
ATL14

Ah hell no! no, no, no, no, no, NO!!!!!

Sauron2
Sauron2

NOoOOOoOooo. my beautiful game...destroyed... anyone who even dared to say "good"... i wont say or do anything...karma will do it for me...i hope...

bibliomaniac15
bibliomaniac15

@Legacyoftain: Ahem. Might I remind you of the 1993 live-action Super Mario Bros. movie? Or what about the 1994 Street Fighter? Or what about the 1995 Mortal Kombat movie, the only video game movie probably worth watching, or its 1997 sequel Annihilation? Where were you when the 90s happened?

penpusher
penpusher

you know these devs musta got themselves stuck in a contract they cant bk out of, like a mobile phone contract that looks gd when you start it but later on you wish you could just get rid of :*( lol