Shadow of the Colossus movie gets Hanna writer

Seth Lochhead tapped to work on big-screen adaptation of popular PlayStation 2 adventure game.

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Sony Pictures has tapped Hanna co-writer Seth Lochhead to provide a screenplay for the upcoming film based on Shadow of the Colossus, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Josh Trank (Chronicle) will direct the Shadow of the Colossus film, with Kevin Misher (The Scorpion King, Public Enemies) on board to produce.

No actors for the film have been announced thus far, nor has a release window for the project.

Praised by reviewers on its release in 2005, the PlayStation 2-exclusive Shadow of the Colossus sold more than 900,000 copies in the US. 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.

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3D3
3D3

Never coming out

Apastron
Apastron

A game with no dialogue, one boy, one horse, and twelve big things that wander around minding their own business sounds like perfect material for a movie.

 Maybe if they go the route of a silent movie something can be salvaged from the inevitable wreckage that will no doubt ensue (if you compare it to the game, of course, as it may be a perfectly good standalone movie).

Reuwsaat
Reuwsaat

I loved the game, but a movie from it? To me it doesn't go near what I would call a good idea, specially about this game, it doesn't even have a story (don't tell me that it was to save that woman, that's like a paragraph long), the great thing about that game was that it was a complete experience, there was no dialog or whatsoever, it was just you riding your horse fighting those monument-like creatures, the thoughts were left to you (not that I appreciate games without story, but this one is an exception). 

tgwolf
tgwolf

I would hope that the story gets a VERY EXTENSIVE fattening, 'cause this game pretty well suffices for cinematic storytelling and visuals in the actual gameplay...So you can guess whether I would prefer vegging in the theater or working my brain and motor skills in a game...Pretty much.

jark888
jark888

Yesss! That's what this game really need(movie). The game is not perfect because the lack of story telling. They should narrate back story each time we beat each boss. I know there's still room on the disc. Just like we don't get to know much about what happened in the original Dead Space until the animation version of it and Dead Space - Extraction(prequel of the game) surfaced.

mav_destroyer
mav_destroyer

i'm pessimistic about about game based movies, but this one i'm pretty sure they're going to screw up. the game isn't about good acting or engaging dialog, it had very little of that. how can they capture that in a movie without boring the audience to death?

bongsyas_23
bongsyas_23

all i can say is good luck to the movie producers, because this will be a hard one to make if they want it to be as epic as the game.

SPUDIRL3
SPUDIRL3

I could never find this game in my local game stores back in the day. Always wanted to play it and never got the chance.

wavelength121
wavelength121

Hanna was a great movie with a nice, streamlined script and strong writing overall. So at least it's got that going for it.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

They're still making this?  Why?

gargungulunk
gargungulunk

They should make action-figures instead.

zackcurl
zackcurl

i hate to keep harping on this, but no one should make this a film.  Shadow Of The Colossus is so beautiful because it is a game, and it's something you have to experience for yourself rather than watch.  i could go on for hours, but the biggest thing people don't understand, when tapping videogames for ideas, is that their very nature sets them apart from other media.  there is no way the Uncharted movie is going to come anywhere near the game.  we've seen that movie before, and it's fine; anything in Uncharted has already been touched on by some action movie somewhere, and the beauty of the game is that you actually do it.  you're doing it.  you're controlling that character and living vicariously, albeit frustratingly, through that character on screen.  


there is no sense of accomplishment in watching a movie like there is in finishing a videogame.  the adventure belonged to you alone because you did it, you won.  take that exhilaration away, and you are left with a  filmmaker's hollow interpretation of what they thought the game felt like, and the sheer brilliance of gaming is that everyone walks away with their own experience, and their own impression that that game left on them.  that's what i want, and that's why i play games.

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

I am so scared the are gonna have an Arnold Schwarzenegger like person belch out a one liner after each monster dies like, 

"the bigger they are the harder I climb", "you missed, I now hit you in your black smoke hole", "I'm the juggernaut, bitch"  With a steroid induced stroke Austrian like voice. 


jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

The movie Hanna sucked very hard, and quite frankly all of the talent listed above who have been signed on to this "amazingly creative work of gaming art", well all of them are really not that good and come from no field related to SoC or ICO. 

Personally I would get that guy who did Pan's Labyrinth.  

JustPlainLucas
JustPlainLucas

This movie is taking an extreme gamble, because the only way it's going to work is by having very little dialogue.  I can't imagine it being any kind of action movie where it's pepper with corny one-liners.  Heh... watch the movie come out before The Last Guardian.

Codester_41
Codester_41

Hmm, wonder how this will turn out. Not gonna lie, it'd be quite boring watching 1 person kill 16 Giant creatures in the ways we already know it's supposed to be done. Let's cross our fingers!

Dovetailed
Dovetailed

One of my favourite games of all time ... I'm pretty certain they can only go wrong with adapting this.

The beauty of the game was partly in its ambiguity - the plot, the morality of killing the collosi and the dreamlike visuals. In fact the plot seems to start at what would be the middle of any other story; we don't know how the girl dies and we don't know how it is that he has that pimpin sword. 

Please - if you're reading this writer man - play the game first and don't deviate from what it was originally trying to do. I realise sequentially killing 16 giant monsters spread across an otherwise uninhabited and eerie land probably wouldn't work directly in movie form, but at least leave the overriding sense of ambiguity and contextual mystery intact.

criminalscum87
criminalscum87

What do you figure happens first, this movie is released or The Last Guardian is released?


soulless4now
soulless4now

I don't have high hopes for this, but I'll watch it as a fan of video games and movies. 

Zidaneski
Zidaneski

Please just follow what happens in the actual game. I got burned so hard by The Last Airbender. 

servb0ts
servb0ts

If not CG film, its going to fail miserably

AverageGameJoe
AverageGameJoe

A movie? Why not make a SotC 2 for consoles(ps3, xbox360) or nex-gen!!!!

vault-boy
vault-boy

I never saw Hanna but apparently it got pretty good reviews, especially for his first movie, and the same goes for Josh Trank. I'm not going to say that its for sure going to be good but considering most movie tie ins don't get good writers or directors it seems like this movie might have a shot.

 

Also, to people who complain about video game adaptations in general, I just want you to know you are full of shit. Yes, there has not been one single good video game movie (at least not a major one, I apparently the Professor Layton one was good) but there was a time where most comic book movies were TERRIBLE. With the exception of the first two Superman movies and the first two Batman movies from the 70s and 80s it wasn't until the last 15 years that we have gotten some genuinely good comic book movies. Yes, there were maybe one or two besides Batman and Superman that were pretty good but in comparison to what we have gotten since Spiderman in 2004 that is nothing. Yes, maybe there are some bad superhero movies (looking at you, Green Lantern) but Hollywood has done a fantastic job with finally understanding how to adapt the works of one medium (comic books) into another (movies). It will happen someday with video games, we just have to wait for someone to finally figure it out.

mattcake
mattcake

Considering movies nowadays actually make less money than games, and most movies based on games suck, why do they even bother?! Make. More. Games.

DarthLod
DarthLod

95% certain this will be garbage, as most video game to movies are.

dysonlu
dysonlu

Hanna was a waste of time -- the story was terrible.

OHGFawx
OHGFawx

If the previews don't look completely terrible, I'll check it out once its in Redbox or on Netflix.

MFreeSoul
MFreeSoul

....i have a feeling that this movie will be a copy of Troll hunter

let's just hope that they will use Agro instead of a Jeep !!!

 

i hope i'm wrong.

 

thedarklinglord
thedarklinglord

The only way this movie would be remotely appealing to me - or, at least, not utterly offensive - would be if they went with a Tim Burton-esque stop-motion/animated style.  Making it live action is just a surefire way to ensure it'll be a colossal turd.

 

Also, it wouldn't hurt if they got a writer who'd done something that wasn't bland, lifeless and completely forgettable.  (And while I would prefer someone like Guillermo del Toro as director on this, Chronicle was so much better than it had any right to be - I'm really surprised how much I enjoyed it, given I f*cking hate the entire 'found footage' genre - so Trank earned himself some serious cred with me and I'm curious to see what else he can do.)

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

Most Sony Pictures productions are crap since 2008. I don't put high hopes for this.

 

I still can't forgive them for ruining Spider-man,

The Amazing Spiderman basically are The Dark Knight copycat.

the problem is it's mediocre copycat

 

and its pissed me off

 

Cryptic_Shadow
Cryptic_Shadow

I still haven't played this game.  I know it is on PS Store, but I am simply working up the nerve to spend the $15 or so.  It looks like an utter classic!

 

The movie could be good, although I am sure the cult following will see the movie as merely a junk attempt at creating the atmosphere that only the game could create.

 

P.S - imho, the only good thing about Hanna was The Chemical Brothers.

OldJames420
OldJames420

@zackcurl Movies are also interpreted differently by their audiences as well. Take for instance Donnie Darko. Everyone gets a different meaning from that movie and what it was trying to convey. I don't think its the fact that games can't translate into a good movie; there just hasn't been true passion behind any projects yet. If the cohen brothers were to decide to make a movie into a game, you would know that they are trying to convey something that they felt in that game, through their chosen art form. Instead, its usually big studios slapping directors to random projects that they feel they can cash in on. big difference. 

And yeah i do agree with you whole heartily on the uncharted movie. If i wanted to watch Uncharted instead of play it, i'd put in Indiana Jones, or the 20 other movies that it ripped off. It almost angers me how pointless that movie is going to be.

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

Oh this is gonna be soo bad,

Where is studio gibli and Hayao Miyazaki when you need em. That is the way this movie should be made is animated. 

OldJames420
OldJames420

@JustPlainLucas 

This movie should start at the 15th guardian. It would take A LOT of money to propperly portray the beauty of the games world, so the less guardians you have to animate the better the ones that you do will look. Also, if you start at the 15th battle, the audience is left wonder what is going on. Just as the gamer through out the game is left wondering why your tasked with killing these seemingly innocent creatures. shortening the area that your covering would help the movie to be more focused. 

lol i could fucking make this movie....my mind is racing with ideas. I feel like its gonna end up sucking though =/


InnerSenses
InnerSenses

@AverageGameJoe Team Ico is already bound up with The Last Guardian... and Sony owns Team Ico you'll never see any of their games on a Microsoft console.

vault-boy
vault-boy

 @AverageGameJoe Well considering that the game studio and the movie studio would have very little to do with the game developers its not so much about them making a movie instead of a game it that they feel that a game would not be profitable. If the publisher thought they would make money on a game it would be made, if you want to see one maybe try getting there attention that people want to see a SotC2.

CRKemak
CRKemak

 @AverageGameJoe I think this is an epic move... make a movie... make the movie has tells @ the end to start ANOTHER game, imagine if they repeated the franchise, game, movie, game, movie...

vault-boy
vault-boy

 @mattcake I think you misspoke. You mean to say that movies nowadays make less money than Call of Duty. Most games don't make anywhere near a blockbuster's profits do, not to mention AAA movies tend to be easier to make than AAA games. 

Kickable
Kickable

 @mattcake this could be entirely different.  SoC had pretty much no narrative to work with for an adaptation.  could be some vague artsy movie or some unrecognizable Disney-type adventure movie.  but yea I know the movie industry too I won't hold my breath

vault-boy
vault-boy

 @DarthLod Quite like how I am 95% sure that if you post anything on this site your complaining. 

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

 @Cryptic_Shadow Worse, I HAVE this game along with Ico as part of the HD set and still havn't played either of them. Going off the art style however, I'd have thought that it would be more suited to Anime.

zackcurl
zackcurl

@OldJames420 @zackcurl i think the reason that more talented directors stay away from games is that they know better.  the great thing about games is that they work on an individual's own pacing.  the idea of someone dictating the flow of information in an adaptation of a game again changes the experience.  much like comic books, whose medium relies on being able to turn a page back and forth whenever one wants, videogames have their own specific rhythm that works for each player.  the best movies out there have excellent pacing, and i know it's something that can be tackled, though i still maintain that games remain a personal experience.  i would love to see more people understand that they are separate mediums and start giving them their own space.  what if the Cohen brothers, instead of making a videogame adaptation, decided to make their own game; in that game, they use the medium and it's specified rules and storytelling possibilities to let the player experience drama of their own.  i would rather see people branch out into other mediums depending on how they want to tell a story.