Chronicle Director Josh Trank To Helm Shadow Of The Colossus Video Game Adaptation
Back in 2010, renowned film critic Roger Ebert found himself in hot water when he wrote and article titled "Video games can never be art." In their defense of the medium, many video game fans left comments pointing out one title in particular: Shadow of the Colossus. First released back in 2005 for the Playstation 2, the game is actually quite stunning, with some truly beautiful landscapes, incredible character designs and wonderfully immersive gameplay. Now the beauty of the game is going to be making its way to the big screen.
Deadline reports that Josh Trank, best known for directing the early-year hit Chronicle, has been tapped by Sony Pictures to direct a live-action film based on Shadow of the Colossus. The story follows a hero named Wander who loses the love of his life. Desperate to get her back, Wander rides into forbidden land so that he can meet a demon that can wake the dead. The demon agrees to resurrect Wander's love, but first the hero must kill 16 colossal monsters. But as he goes through his mission Wander begins to question if he has done the right thing or if he is actually being used. Trank, according to the site, has been a fan of the game since it came out and actually pursued the project himself. Sony is currently looking for a writer.
As good a game as Shadow of the Colossus is, we must remember that video games don't exactly have a lot of luck on the big screen, and the structure of this one in particular could make it a real challenge. As for Trank, he showed a great deal of promise with Chornicle, but it will be interesting to see what he can do outside of the confines of found-footage.
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