Fucking radical. If done right, a Shadow of the Colossus adaptation could be goddamn awesome.
I have no faith that this movie will actually get made, but this is an interesting story regardless. Even as Sony continues to try to adapt the relatively movie-friendlyUncharted game series, the company is trying again with something much more ambitious: an adaptation of the 2005 fantasy adventure game Shadow of the Colossus. Now attached to direct is Josh Trank, whose first feature was the early 2012 release Chronicle.
The game is often at the center of the debate over whether video games can be art (I fell into that conversation back in 2005, when I reviewed the game for G4) but for good reason. The game features a young male protagonist who is told that his dead love can be revived if only he kills a collection of giant beasts that reside across the countryside. He does so without question, and the player is left to eventually wonder if the kid is being played. Visually austere yet stunning, the game was a critical hit and has endured as one of the masterpieces of the PlayStation2 generation.
But will it make a good movie?
Shadow of the Colossus first went into development several years ago. It was 2009 when Justin Marks, the hot geek/genre screenwriter at the time, was hired to develop a script. In the years since the project hasn’t gone very far, as evidence by the fact that Sony is looking for a new writer. Deadline says that Sony and Trank are looking for writers to work on the adaptation now.