While a great, or even a decent video game movie is still somewhat of an elusive commodity, Ubisoft is attempting to develop cinematic game adaptations in house with Assassin’s Creed, Splinter Cell and Ghost Recon.
Other major studios may now be following Ubisoft’s lead, because Shadow of the Colossus is now set up at Sony with Josh Trank directing.
As The Hollywood Reporter
confirms, Josh Trank, the director of Chronicle, and the upcoming reboot of The Fantastic Four, is slated to direct, and Seth Lochhead (Hanna) is writing the script.
As it turns out, the big screen version of Colossus has been set up at Sony since 2009, and there’s already been one script draft by Justin Marks (Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li). The new screenplay will be written with Trank’s guidance.
For those unfamiliar with Colossus, it’s a popular PlayStation 2 game where a guy named Wander, riding a horse named Argo, has to fight off giant robots so he can rescue a girl named Mono. The game was developed in Japan, and it definitely has a cool Japanese pop culture feel to it. Not to mention Japan has always given us great giant monsters and mechanized heroes. (Johnnie Saiko and his giant robot anyone?)
Maybe there’s current movement on this project because Pacific Rim is coming this summer, and Transformers 4 is also about ready to roll. When you think about it, giant robots have really never gone out of favor with kids and young adults. If you’re unfamiliar with the game, when you check out the graphics for it, these full size mechanical stompers look pretty cool, and could look even cooler on the big screen.
Speaking of Transformers, the Reporter also tells us that screenwriter Lochhead has "a top secret project" set up at Warner Brothers called The Governess, which Bay will be producing.
Again, giant robots stomping and fighting have never gone away, and let’s hope they can help finally bring a great video game movie, or at the very least a good one, to the big screen.