Film adaptations of video games have often not fared well in the past. (I’m looking at you Alone in the Dark and Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.) Whether it is due to alienation of the gamers or because the film got the “Hollywood treatment,” there have been few exceptions pleasing both fans of the video games and film goers alike. Now it seems the massively popular Playstation 2 game, Shadow of the Colossus, is set to head to the big screen in an attempt to adapt the 2005 action-adventure game published by Sony Computer Entertainment.
Seth Lockhead, the scribe who co-wrote the film Hanna, has been hired on to work on the screenplay for the film adaptation of Shadow of the Colossus. Josh Trank, most known for his film Chronicle, was hired in May 2012 to direct the project. The original script for the adaptation was written by Justin Marks in 2009 and will now be overseen for rewrites by Trank.
Shadow of the Colossus follows the character Wander as he enters a forbidden land. He must travel across the world while defeating sixteen massive beasts known as Colossi. His objective? Love, of course. Wander does the impossible to restore the life of a girl named Mono. What makes this game unique, especially for its time, is that unlike most action/adventure games or RPG’s, Shadow of the Colossus has no towns or dungeons to explore, no characters to interact with or enemies to defeat other than the Colossi.
The game impressed players with its beautiful gameplay and immersive world partnered with the emotional punch of a storyline. It continues to receive wide critical acclaim with an average score of 91.56% at Game Rankings, and 8.7 by GameSpot, and IGN hailed the game as “an amazing experience” and “an absolute must-have title”, rating it 9.7/10.
Kevin Misher is producing. Misher Films’ Andy Berman and Kevin Chang are overseeing.
There is no word yet on who is in the works to star in the silver screen adaptation or a projected release date. Please make this a good one, Hollywood, please.