CHRONICLE Director Josh Trank to Helm Video Game Adaptation SHADOW OF THE COLOSSUS

     May 23, 2012

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Director Josh Trank turned quite a few heads when his found-footage superhero pic Chronicle was a critical and box office hit earlier this year.  Understandably, he was quickly flooded with offers to some big name properties.  He’s currently developing a reboot of Fantastic Four at Fox, an adaptation of Red Star at Warner Bros., and the Spider-Man spinoff Venom for Sony, but he’s now become attached to yet another high profile property.  Deadline reports that Trank has signed with Sony to direct a feature film adaptation of the video game Shadow of the Colossus.  Hit the jump for more.

shadow-of-the-colossus-moviePer Deadline, Sony is currently interviewing writers to work with Trank on the big scale live-action iteration of Shadow of the Colossus.  The story centers on a young man who enters a forbidden land in the hopes of resurrecting the girl he loves.  In order to bring his love back, he must defeat sixteen massive beings known as colossi.  I haven’t played the game (I own an Xbox), but the story sounds intriguing and the gameplay looks pretty great.  Apparently Trank has been a fan of the game for years and sought out the directing job himself.

Sony has actually been working on a big screen version of Shadow of the Colossus since 2009 with producer Kevin Misher (The Scorpion King, Public Enemies).  Justin Marks (Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li) was initially brought in to draft the script, but given that Sony is currently interviewing writers I’m assuming Trank will start over from scratch.

It’s still unknown what Trank’s Chronicle follow-up will be, but when Steve recently interview Fox CEO Tom Rothman the exec seemed eager to get going on their superhero properties following the success of The Avengers.  I wouldn’t at all be surprised if Trank makes Fantastic Four his next project while he continues to develop these other properties, though it’s also possible that another film is further along.  Either way, I’m eager to see what Trank does next.  Watch a trailer for the game below.

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