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Months after hiring Chronicle director Josh Trank to direct, the upcoming movie adaptation of the video game Shadow of the Colossus has finally found a new writer to tackle the script. Seth Lochhead, best known for writing the Joe Wright action film Hanna, has been tapped by Sony Pictures to pick up the pen and bring the Playstation 2 title to the big screen.
First released in October 2005, the story will follow a hero named Wander who is struck by tragedy when the love of his life, Mono, is killed. Unable to cope with a life without her, Wander enters into a forbidden land astride his horse Argo so that he can meet a demon with the power to resurrect the dead, but in order to get the demon's help he must first slay 16 colossal monsters. The project has been in development at Sony since 2009 and they were previously using a script written by Justin Marks (Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li), but now it seems they plan on going in a different direction.
According to THR, which first reported the news, Trank will oversee the script writing process. In addition to his newest assignment, says that Lochhead is also currently working on the Michael Bay-produced The Governess and also has scripted an adaptation of the Karen Thompson Walker novel The Age of Miracles.
I'm sure this news will excite fans of the game, but the truth is that this project may still be a few years away from being realized. Trank is also currently attached to direct 20th Century Fox's Fantastic Four reboot, which just recently was given a release date in March 2015. It's hard to imagine that he will try and squeeze in Shadow of the Colossus before he goes to work with the superhero team, so just try to be patient.