Director behind this year's sleeper hit superhero film reportedly heading up adaptation of Team Ico's PlayStation 2 game.
The feature film adaptation of Shadow of the Colossus is back on, with a new director attached. According to a Deadline report, the project is moving forward with Josh Trank directing and Kevin Misher producing.
Trank is best known as the director of this year's sleeper hit superhero film Chronicle. In addition to the Shadow of the Colossus assignment (one that he reportedly sought out, as a fan of the game), Trank is working on two new movies based on Marvel Comics characters, one for the Fantastic Four and another based on Spider-Man antihero Venom. As far as Misher's previous experience, he served as a producer on The Scorpion King and its sequels, Mirror Mirror and Public Enemies, among others.
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. 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.
News of the Shadow of the Colossus movie adaptation first surfaced in 2009, with Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li screenwriter Justin Marks on board to write the script. Marks may be gone from the project at this point, as Deadline reports that Sony Pictures is currently interviewing writers to work with Trank.
"News of the Shadow of the Colossus movie adaptation first surfaced in 2009, with Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li screenwriter Justin Marks on board to write the script."
This, Ladies and Gentleman, sounds really bad
hmmm I wont hold my breath... Lets wait and see I say.. Many video game movies have been canceled after being announced: Metal Gear, WoW, Uncharted, etc.
This is going to be awful. Masterpiece of a game turned into a film by a noob director that has done one fairly average film! WTF?! This can't work. Bet they change the ending too...
The only dialogue in this movie should be subtitled.
Everything else is body language and facial expressions.
I know it's a movie, but damn it could be very different and very awesome.If they go the traditional route... well, it will suck. Take some chances, Hollywood. The Team ICO did. Why can't you?
If they do this movie, seeing as it's a movie and not a game in which you interact I feel the best way to handle it is to tell the game's story while throwing in flashbacks that go through Wander's past. But that's just like, my opinion man.
I feel SoTC appeal lies in its introspective nature and sense of awe it inspires due to the solitude of its environments and its protagonist as he traversed through these. Facing the Colossi is an engaging and personal challenge that can only be transmitted by being interactive. In short, video games are not movies and should not be adapted to be movies, these are completely different mediums that, for the most part, movie makers have failed miserably trying to translate.
My opinion stands, Hollywood should stay the hell away from games.
Shadow of the Colossus doesn't seem like the type of game I'd care to see in movie format. Dead Space, that's another story. Well, if they were to get a good director that is.
Get that Landis guy who worked with him on Chronicle to write.
Just don't mention the Twilight Zone movie helicopter incident around him.
Games with (at least somewhat) deep stories like Halo and BioShock failed in passing the movie development stage. I don't expect this to go anywhere.
The only good movie adaptation of a game that I watched didn't follow the story line straight - Final Fantasy Advent Children. Even then, critics and non-gamers don't think much of it.
A game no particular story with a nameless main character that doesn't speak...
Sounds like ideal film material...or not. If this director is as big a fan as he says he is, surely he'd do everything he can to prevent a movie being made?
@Apastron Do what, terrorism? He has no say on whether the film gets made or no, the studio or IP holder does. The best thing he can do is make the movie himself.
Do you know that Zach Snyder refused to make the Watchmen film because he thought the comic book could not be filmed? He only agreed to direct because the studio said the movie will be made anyway with or without him, so he decided to go ahead with it so that the comic gets adapted properly.
@Apastron my thoughts exactly
It would rely heavily on being very atmospheric. It was a great game, undoubtedly a classic, but as a film, I'm not so sure. Watch this space I suppose.
People were weary about The Avengers too, it seemed like it couldn't be done well. But if you put a project in the right hands it'll be safe. The director of Chronicle seems a good choice when a bunch of horrible video-game-to-movie directors were probably scrounging to get this title.
@Gunface1011 I don't see how that example applies. Comic books are a non interactive, visual medium of storytelling just like movies so making a movie adaptation is feasible and has proven to be successful countless times.
Games are interactive, tent to be non linear and much of the experience of the player depends on how the game is played therefore this create a narrative that differs from player to player, and there is yet to be any reliable track record of good adaptations of games to movies. (Silent Hill being the closest to being good but still not without its problems)
@Gunface1011 plus the fact that he actively sought it out. this is obviously something that he wants, and as a fan he's not going to want to disappoint. plenty of reason to be hopeful
In the hands of this director (and a good screenwriter), this could bode well. Chronicle remains my favorite movie of the year, it was fantastic.
My opinion: the game is too difficult to be adapted to a movie. Conclusion: It's is going to be a disaster.
ahh yes another game to movie promise...how long are we waiting for that world of warcraft movie or all those other game to movie ideas
This movie should have almost zero dialogue and focus almost everything they have on it's visual appeal. Also, the soundtrack needs to be worked, too.It's gonna be hard to get this movie wrong, but Hollywood is known for being able to take everything we hold dear and turn into enourmous piles of fecal matter.
I loved chronicle, Almost every one knew the plot starting the movie but it was so immersive and it played out in such a unexpected unique way it made you forget. I am excited now.
If they make this film in a very artistic way it could be good... But if they go down the route of taking the story and adding a cheesy cast of people with really boring dialogue it will be aweful, sadly I find it easier to think they will ruin it.
The game SOTC was one of my all time favorite games and I have not seen a game that got me so hooked that I literally had nightmares of fighting the Colossi. However, the story is not what made the game great because the story itself was mediocre and not good enough for an engaging movie plot. What made the game great is the task the gamer had to accomplish and the complexity of those tasks and sheer technology and artistry used in the game which was pretty great during its time. The game pulled you in and it kept you on the edge of your seat, whether the colossus was flying high up in the sky or diving deep into dark waters while you hang on for dear life hoping that it would resurface before your stamina runs out! That's what made me love the game! The story itself I couldn't care less because I've seen games with plots that are a lot more engaging such as the Final Fantasy games where you cared about the characters. I personally didn't care about the dying princess and quite frankly I personally thought that Wanda's (hero of the game) purpose whether it was lust or love, was so bent that he'd go so far as killing living things that didn't harm anybody. These colossus were sleeping silently far away inside their own bounderies that there was no reason to kill them at all. So the storyline itself sucked balls! Rooting for Wanda to win would be like rooting for Paris to win the battle for Helen of Troy where he was obviously thinking with his penis and sacrificed men who had nothing to do with his desires. If the plot in this movie is the same as the game then Hell Yeah this movie would suck so whoever is going to write this movie they better find a good reason why the hero would start on a perilous quest to kill the Colossi. Because at the end of the game I personally felt so sorry for all the Colossi I killed and I thought that Wanda deserved to die, though we all know he was reborn. I think the thought of making the movie should be abandoned, we don't want what happened to the Avatar The Last Airbender cartoons to happen to SOTC. Do we? That would be a very sad day for gamers. However if they sign the director who directed and wrote the Avengers movie there might be hope for the movie yet.
@rizorex Just because the story wasn't complex and convoluted, and that they didn't point at characters and go: "This is the bad guy, that is the good guy. The good guy has to search for this weapon to kill the bad guy". Doesn't mean that it sucked, personally, I prefer a story that lets you think about the characters' motives, intentions and origins, than one where the bad guy has a long winded speech near the end of the game/movie explaining, pretty much, everything to you like you were some child (I'm lookin at you FF!).And I don't know if you know this, but you were supposed to feel bad for both the colossi and Wander, and yet still dislike Wander because he was being selfish, even though he was doing it all to save someone else's life (so also somewhat selfless). Those mix of emotions are one of the best things about SotC's story, something you wouldn't get from a FF game.Problem is, I bet the producers in hollywood are thinking just like you, they probably want to add in a cheesy adventure story with some template characters that we've seen in a million other movies and attach a blockbuster director to it like Joss Whedon. I have nothing against him, The Avengers was pretty cool, but SotC is not his type of thing. And for that reason I don't want them to make the movie, so atleast we agree on that.
@rizorex You seem to have missed quite a bit. First, his name is Wander, not Wanda. That aside though, he obviously isn't doing the right thing, and you aren't suppose to be rooting for him once you realize the colossi aren't dangerous. He's obviously having his sadness manipulated by an evil force. The plot is actually quite brilliant if you understand it.
"Time to pummel the idiot who thinks making a movie out of this game is a great idea."
@staranise namdar is right, in the right hands anything is possible. I'm glad theyre not giving this project to some blockbuster director like Bay, or whoever does the Pirates movies. They're giving it to a up and comer who hasn't lost his heart yet.
@staranise How do you figure... I mean look at the Avengers...
SOTC is based of a game. a game with barely any dialog and a story that goes no further than: "boy tries to save girl by killing big monsters"
when you have a premise, with no history and VERY little story, you leave a LOT up to the director to fill in the gaps.
@de_graph So your telling me you would not want to see a small man battle massive giants in a movie? Of course it would not be 100% like the game... Which reminds me I still need to watch Max Payne :D
no...the experience can never be recreated the same way; even if the movie is good, it can never have that feeling. Its like making a movie adaption of Rembrandt's paintings or Mozart's Fantasia in D minor. Its just not the right medium for the idea, unless it is twisted and changed beyond recognition.
@eyerok That is the motive of all adaptations. It must be able to stand on its own. Where the game acts as an experience of fighting colossal monsters, the film must have something else as a film, it must serve to entertain while paying tribute to the game.
Give it a chance, and judge it, as a film, not the game all of us loved so much.
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