Reboots and video game films – they seem to be all Hollywood has the energy to produce anymore. While reboots are hit-or-miss, video game flicks have a serious reputation for being some of the worst films ever made. Movie companies try desperately to capture the often compelling storylines by compacting them into 2 hours of marketable visuals and this tends to be nothing but fail. Next on the list of video game ‘maybe-sucks’ is Sony PS2’s Shadow of the Colossus.
Recent news heralds Josh Trank as taking the director’s chair for this one. For those that have seen the edgy super-hero flick Chronicle, that’s Trank. He also seems to be possibly attached to future productions of Venom and a Fantastic Four reboot (one franchise that sorely needs it).
If you haven’t played the old Shadow of the Colossus game, rest assured that visually it would be a very striking film. SotC is about a guy that has to go around killing 16 big-ass monsters as part of a pact with a disembodied voice that promises to bring his old lady back from the dead. Personally, I could never get hang of the controls, but watching my roommate blow through the game was truly epic. If Trank could manage to capture even a fraction of the intensity that SotC brought, we might have a fun film on our hands.
So, my reading audience: Shadow of the Colossus – yea or nay? Think they could even get a plot to go with the action that wouldn’t leave viewers in pain?
Thanks to comingsoon for the heads-up on this one.