Shadow of the Colossus, the 2005 emotional masterpiece from Team Ico, is a tad bit closer to being made into a movie.
A few weeks ago, it was announced that Argentinian director Andres Muschietti would take the directing lead. Previously, the Sony Pictures’ film adaption of the Playstation 2 game was going to be directed by Josh Trank, who has since moved on to directing the Fantastic Four reboot and a stand-alone Star Wars film.
You may know Muschietti for the 2013 horror movie Mama. He will be teaming up with screenwriter Seth Lochead to bring the game to the big screen.
Sony Pictures describes Shadow of the Colossus as, “set in an epic-scale world filled with mythic giants and disembodied spirits.” Reportedly, Muschietti is a fan of the game and “has a strong vision for the film and its characters, and seeks to translate the immersive game experience into a film that stays true to the human story of a young man attempting to save his lost love by accomplishing a seemingly impossible task … the destruction of the colossi who roam the forbidden land.”
Michael De Luca, Sony Pictures’ president of production, is excited for the film and “…knew we had our director once we heard Andy’s take on the material – it was genius.” He continued, “the themes, characters and supernatural elements of the story have incredible international appeal with fans of the game in the millions.”
Obviously, Sony Pictures is saying all of the right things, but we have heard all of this before with video game-film adaptions. I would love to say that I am staying optimistic, but it is rather hard when one of the biggest factors in Shadow of the Colossus was the lack of communication.