‘Chronicle’ Director Signs On to Helm ‘Shadow of the Colossus’

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Shadow of the Colossus Film Director Chronicle

Josh Trank, Director of this year’s breakout hit Chronicle, has signed on to helm a film adaptation of Team Ico’s Shadow of the Colossus. Though not much is known about the project thus far, it is reported that Trank personally requested that Sony put him on as Director.

Currently Sony is looking for a writer to help script the project with Trank, but they do name Kevin Misher as Producer for the film. Aside from that, though, it appears that Sony is in the very early stages of bringing Fumito Ueda‘s masterpiece to the theater. 

While this does seem like a promising communion of creative people and properties, it also feels highly unlikely that this project will ever get off the ground. For starters, the Shadow of the Colossus game features only two “human” characters and not much in the way of actual scenes that could contain dialogue. Along with that are the game’s colossi, which are going to cost a pretty penny if they are to be done right.

A better time to have started working on this film would have been right before the launch of the Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection, HD versions of Team Ico’s stunning first two games. By the time this film releases, if it ever does, gamers might be looking upon Team Ico’s properties as having the elusiveness of a white tiger, especially since The Last Guardian keeps slipping further and further from grasp.

Given the state of the BioShock adaptation, a much more cinematic property, it’s hard to imagine that a studio would take a risk on such an artsy project, and one based on a video game no less. Trank has shown he is capable storyteller, and studios have already thrown several projects his way, but this feels like more of a pipe dream than having the potential of being made.

Do you think it is possible to adapt Shadow of the Colossus into a feature film? Will this film ever get made?

Source: Deadline

 

TAGS: Shadow Of The Colossus, Sony, Team Ico

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  1. Never have I wanted to kill someone so badly.
    There’s no way you could possibly do ANY justice to SotC with this movie.
    The level of integration the game pulled the player into, along with subtle storytelling made this game as powerful as KH. The blending of mediums just isn’t going to be properly conveyed.

  2. i really believe it could, the game leave so many questions, mostly what happend before the game, who is the girl? how they met, what happened to her. and after the game, i feel it would be best if done in CG, instead of live action. i feel video game based movies would do better that way.

  3. I am assuming that it would be done in the style of 300. They could do it on a fairly reasonable budget and do fairly reasonable justice to the aesthetics of the game. SotC is one of my top 5 favorite games. This could be either be a beautifully crafted masterpiece or an abomination from hell. Unfortunately, I’m leaning toward the latter.

    • Have you ever seen Chronicle? There is huge anime and Japanese style story telling undertones in the film with a great balance of American culture teen angst dealing with H.S. b*******, and feelings of acceptance…just with super powers, but not like aht we are used to seeing. Its different in a really good way.

      • I have seen Chronicle and I agree it was very good. But Chronicle has absolutely nothing in common with SotC.

        • Nor should it. The director does whowever understand the game very well and has played and beten it himself. Who else better than an up and coming director who understands the game inside and out.

  4. This is unfortunate. For all the wrong reasons. Look, I know, I’m probably going to get bashed, but I don’t like SoTC, or any Team Ico game. They don’t look fun, have very dull graphics, and just seem pretentious. And before someone says ‘oh, your just not smart enough.’ Not true. I play a good variety of games, like Deus Ex, Fallout, Elder Scrolls, Omikron (look it up if you havent heard of it, great game.)

    Plus, as a comic and superhero fan, I feel cheated. He would’ve ended up doing either a sequel to Chronicle or a movie based on Venom,, the latter I was really hoping for.

    • Thats fine. There is a draw to this game that certain creative/imaginative personality types are attracted to, and that isn’t you. No one who enjoys SoTC will feel offended or care if you never play or don’t like the game. So it is understandable why you feel that way.

      • Well, that was not a thinly vieled comment about my tastes at all.

        Look, I dont hate creative or imaginative games. When I think of a creative game, I think of something like Brutal Legend, or Final Fantasy. But to me, SoTC is just one big boss rush game. With dull graphics that make the colors in Gears Of War seem bright.

        So stop treating me like some imbecile just because I don’t worship Team Ico like you do.

        • Easy there cowboy. You are only reading part of my post and getting bent with misinformation. Sit down, take a deep breath, and relax. “There are CERTAIN creative/imaginative personality types” That means a CERTAIN type of person who enjoys being immersed into SoTC, understands who the signed on director is,and would post a positive comment in favor of this movie because they understand where this movie is going and it will not dissapoint. You posted “They don’t look fun, have very dull graphics, and just seem pretentious” This implies you never played the game. So yes I can understand why you made that statement. “I play a good variety of games, like Deus Ex, Fallout, Elder Scrolls, Omikron” Thats great! Deus Ex is an excellent game. I haven’t heard of Omikron, but I will look it up based on your recommendation. Then you posted “I dont hate creative or imaginative games” I never said you do. then you continued with “But to me, SoTC is just one big boss rush game. With dull graphics that make the colors in Gears Of War seem bright.” This emphsises my point even more of the type of people who are into SoTC and those who are not. Finally you say “So stop treating me like some imbecile just because I don’t worship Team Ico like you do”
          Well…It sounds like you have a personal problem. Are you just looking for a fight? “I’m probably going to get bashed, but I don’t like SoTC, or any Team Ico game” It sounds like you are ready for one. I said “No one who enjoys SoTC will feel offended or care if you never play or don’t like the game. So it is understandable why you feel that way.” Its ok to not like the game or the movie and say something about it. I understand. its ok. There are others like you so you are not alone. You don’t get it and thats ok you are not some abnormal person who is rejected by society because you have nothing nice to say about SoTC. When you get a chance, look into the mirror and tell youself “Its ok. They are going to make a SoTC movie and its ok” You will feel right as rain when your done. Thank you for reading this, and your welcome my friend.

          • Sorry, it just sounded like you were being sarcastic.

    • I think it is ridiculous to not like a game, a series or a whole developer just based on the way they “look” or “seem”. You must be missing out on a lot of great games. :(

      As far as dull graphics, SotC is usually the #1 game referenced during the “Are video games considered art?” debate. It is absolutely stunning, one of the most superbly crafted games of any generation, period.

      • I don’t think I am. I’ve played Psychonauts, Brutal Legend, Deus Ex, LA Noire. I think those are some solid titles. The graphics…theres no color. At least your not being overly condescending like other users, and for that I thank you.

  5. Utterly adore both Ico and SotC. Sure, you have to give yourself over a little bit otherwise you’d fall into their pretension but the games have a unique quality rarely seen (The Last Guardian, please). As a movie adaption though I thought Ico was always the one that lent itself towards an adaption. Too much would be lost with SotC, but herein lies the problem of videogame adaptations.

    You are basically presenting a game… without letting the viewer play it. The only way for adaptions to work is to take the basic premise and then change the story’s evolution, structure, arc and narrative completely. Otherwsie, why should I sit bored for two hours watching something lacking the depth and the interaction I’ve already enjoyed for so many hours?

    Personally, there is only one way for the two industries to converge and that’s co production of a game (stars/screenwriters/funds + designers/programmers etc). There will always be alternative ways to move films forward, but there will never be a way for movies to offe mass interaction similiar to the way a game does.

  6. This is a dream come true. I just recently watched Chronicle and it reminded me of Akira on so many levels. He will do an amazing job adapting the game to the big screen.

  7. hated the game so whatever

    • Okay? Good for you?

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