Breaking news from Development Hell, but it seems that we have a new writer onboard the adaptation of the Shadow of the Colossus video game. The screenwriter hired is Seth Lochhead, the man who wrote the spy thriller Hanna, and has since been hired on projects like Michael Bay’s The Governess the sci-fi novel adaptation The Age of Miracles.

But really, all we know about his capability is Hanna, which was a good movie, but not exactly a warm-up for something that will surely be effects heavy and epic like Shadow.

Anyway, here’s the synopsis:

The protagonist is a young man who thinks his lover has died. Desperate to bring her back, he heads into a forbidden land, and summons a demon who can wake the dead. The price for bringing back his girl: slay 16 colossi that dominate this mystical place. These are skyscraper-sized giants that rise from the ground, fly through the air and come from the water. As the young man works through his quest on horseback, he begins to wonder if he is on a noble pursuit to bring back his lover, or perhaps has made a deal with the devil and is being used. Trank has been a fan of the game since it launched in 2005, and sought out the job.

Lochhead will be picking up the baton dropped by Justin Marks (Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li), who was hired to write the film back in 2009. The film is expected to be directed by Chronicle director Josh Trank (either before or after Fantastic Four), and obviously Sony wants to get the cameras rolling on this sometime soon.

More news as it develops.

Source: Geek Tyrant

Welcome once again to DVD Tuesday, where we break down the latest in nerd movies and TV at your local video store. It’s not the biggest of ways for geek DVD releases, but what it lacks in quantity it makes up for in quality. Here’s what to check out:


X-Men: First Class

X-Men: First Class is the thrilling, eye-opening chapter you’ve been waiting for…Witness the beginning of the X-Men Universe. Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their superhuman powers for the first time, working together in a desperate attempt to stop the Hellfire Club and a global nuclear war.

The most acclaimed superhero film of 2011 is finally available for home viewing this week. After the mediocrity of X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, this flick takes it back to the beginning to restart the franchise with a fresh cast and a fresh take on one of the most successful superhero teams of all time. It’s definitely worth adding to your collection.

Hellraiser Blu-Ray

From horror master Clive Barker comes this chilling nightmare featuring the first appearance of the hideous zombie Pinhead, who terrifies his brother and his estranged wife now inhabiting his former home. When a drop of blood partially resurrects him, all hell breaks loose as Pinhead forces his sister-in-law, formerly his lover, to kill and kill again so he can become whole. A creepy, thrillingly perverse tale straddling the thin line between heaven and hell, extreme pleasure and unbearable pain, Hellraiser will haunt your dreams.

A classic of modern horror is now available in a high definition format, and if you’re a serious fan of the genre it’s something definitely worth owning. Few horror films of the 1980s were as influential and as striking as Clive Barker’s directorial debut, and despite a number of truly terrible sequels, the original film still lives on as a visually stunning masterpiece. The first of the sequels (not great, but still good), Hellbound: Hellraiser II, also comes to Blu-Ray this week.


Hanna Trailer Will Blow You Away!


(Article by nerdbastards contributor Mark Poynter, A.K.A Mordrun)

Many of you out there have a special place in your heart for the movie The Professional.  That movie was touching, troubling, and immensely satisfying all in one big beautiful package.  Hanna seems to be on the same track.  This trailer blew me away.  I would be in line at the theater at this moment if Hanna was already released in theaters.

Hanna begins with Erik Heller (Eric Bana), as ex-CIA operative who raises his 14 year old daughter Hanna (Saoirse Ronan) to be the perfect killing machine. Hanna mission: to eliminate a very specific person: Marissa Wiegler, an active CIA agent. The reasons, as far as the trailer and the film’s synopsis are concerned, remain a mystery.  Release date is April 8, 2011.

1.  Joe Wright – The guy knows how to make a movie.  Pride and Prejudice – 7 Academy Award noms.  Atonement – 7 golden Globe noms, 6 Academy Awards noms.  The Soloist – OK, this one was weak, lots of production issues and release dates moved, not his best work.

2. Saoirse Ronan – Worked with Wright in Atonement and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.  She has acting chops.

3.  Cate Blanchett – She can do no wrong in my book, at least ever since she played Irina Spalko in that Indiana Jones movie whose name is not to be spoken.  (Sorry, I have a thing for Russian speaking beauties, don’t get me started on Angelina Jolie in Salt..)

4.  Eric Bana – Give him the benefit of the doubt. After all, “If any of us get laid laid tonight its because of Eric Bana in Munich”

5.  The Chemical Brothers are scoring Hanna.

‘focus’ Hanna – Trailer 1 @ Yahoo! Video