News has emerged today that fills me with excitement, Josh Trank is planning to adapt the game Shadow of the Colossus into a movie. Now, I have never actually played the game, but I do know what it is about: a man basically fighting giant monsters. Yes, the plot is a little more complex than that, and the proper synopsis can be found at the bottom of this post, but it is something to really start looking forward to.
Trank has become a bit of a phenomenon after his superb film Chronicle (review) took everyone by surprise in both how good it was, and in how well it did at the box office. Since the films success, Trank now has a number of projects lined up including a reboot of The Fantastic Four for Fox, Red Star for Warners and Spider Man spin-off Venom for Sony. Now Sony has signed Trank to direct Shadow of the Colossus, and reports are coming in from Deadline that Sony are now interviewing for writers.
Trank is a massive fan of the game, and actually sought the directing job himself. Sony, on the other hand, have actually been working on this adaptation since 2009 with producer Kevin Misher (Public Enemies) and initially had Justin Marks (Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li) attached to write the script. With Sony now interviewing for writers, it would appear that either Marks wasn’t right for the job, or that Trank wants to start from scratch. Either way, it is very exciting to see this film taking shape.
The protagonist is a young man who thinks his lover has died. Desperate to bring her back, he heads into a forbidden land and summons a demon who can wake the dead. The price for bringing back his girl: slay 16 colossi that dominate this mystical place. These are skyscraper-sized giants that rise from the ground, fly through the air, and come from the water. As the young man works through his quest on horseback, he begins to wonder if he is on a noble pursuit to bring back his lover or perhaps has made a deal with the devil and is being used.
By Matt Wavish