It’s been a long road, but the influential videogame Shadow of the Colossus is finally coming to the big screen — and here’s who has been tasked to make it happen.
Deadline reports that Argentine filmmaker Andrés Muschietti (Mama) has signed on to direct the game-to-film adaptation for Sony Pictures, overseeing a script penned by Hanna writer Seth Lochhead. The 2005 game followed a young man tasked with killing 16 massive colossi to bring back his dead lover, and is often cited as one of the most influential games of the modern era.
Despite being nearly a decade old, Shadow of the Colossus still has a ton of fans — and recently warranted an HD upgrade and rerelease in 2011 for the Playstation 3. It’s artistic, ambitious, puzzling and a heck of a lot of fun. Following its release, the game raked in several awards, ranging from innovative design to artistic design and even game of the year.
It also has a storied film history, with studio deals in place since 2009 trying to bring the game to life. Josh Trank (Chronicle) was even attached to direct at one point, before heading over to the Fantastic Four. Kevin Misher (The Scorpion King, Carrie) has been championing the project for years, and remains attached as a producer.
The game was also a key component of Mike Binder’s 2007 drama film Reign Over Me, which starred Adam Sandler as a man who lost his wife and child in the collapse of the Twin Towers. Sandler’s character plays Shadow of the Colossus in the game in an effort to cope with the loss, and identifies with the theme of resurrection present in the game. The inclusion remains one of the better efforts to actually include and reference games in films intelligently.
Are you glad to hear Shadow of Colossus is finally coming to the big screen? How would you like to see it translated?