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'Chronicle' Director Josh Trank Takes Another Project, Adaptation Of Video Game 'Shadow Of The Colossus'

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by Oliver Lyttelton
May 23, 2012 4:43 PM
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Josh Trank, Colossus

Having delivered a handsome sleeper hit on a thrifty budget, everyone wants to work with director Josh Trank. The 26-year-old helmer was the man behind "Chronicle," which made back its $12 million budget ten times over on release in February, and since then he's been lining up all kinds of projects; while he won't direct any "Chronicle" sequel, he is attached to a film version of Soviet-themed comic book "The Red Star," and is developing not one, but two major superhero franchises, in Sony's "Venom" and Fox's "Fantastic Four."

And now there's one more to add to the pile, as Deadline now reveals that Sony have attached the helmer to "Shadow of the Colossus," an adaptation of the 2005 Playstation 2 video game of the same name. The plot, such as it is, involves a young man, Wander, who must slay sixteen enormous creatures in order to restore a girl called Mono to life. Fairly rote, right? Well, the game, created by Fumito Ueda ("Ico"), is generally regarded as one of the best examples of games-as-art, with a unusually melancholy feel and thematic richness. See the game in action below.

It was never a big seller (although it was recently given an HD upgrade for Playstation 3), but Trank is a fan of the game, and chased the job down himself. And if any game is to make it to the screen, this feels like it should be the one. Or "Bioshock." "Bioshock" rules. Anyway, it's early days: there's no writer on board, but Sony and Trank are actively searching for one. Could this be the director's next project? We suspect one of the superhero flicks will be next, but you never know...

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  • ICDIR | May 25, 2012 11:05 AMReply

    this Game relies on hardly no dialogue, not much action outside of said boss fights (there's zero filler action anywhere in between) and is quite minimalistic. i just don't see how they can make a convincing movie out of it without bastardizing the source material. maybe they can get charlie Kaufman to write the screenplay, he did wonders for the orchid thief.

  • Huffy | May 23, 2012 11:04 PMReply

    I still don't see why they're adapting this. The game is a tremendous storytelling experience, perhaps more-so than any other game I've played, but it's completely reliant on its medium. Unless they go full-on art film they're going to have to do away with the game's minimalism and thus destroy what made it special in the first place.

  • Joe | May 23, 2012 4:50 PMReply

    The only reason I know of this game is from Reign Over Me.

    Looked cool in the movie.

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