The director of the Guillermo del Toro-produced film Mama, Andres (Andy) Muschietti, has been hired to helm the big screen adaptation of the video game Shadow of the Colossus for Sony Pictures.
A feature film version of this game has been in development at the studio since 2009, and it looks like they are finally ready to move forward with it. The initial script for the film was written by Justin Marks, and Chronicle director Josh Trank was attached to direct it at one point, but those plans obviously fell through.
Hanna screenwriter Seth Lochhead was hired to work on a new draft of the script a year ago. He's still attached and will be working with Muschietti on writing the new screenplay. The game’s story focuses on a young man named Wander, who rides around on his trusty steed Argo, traveling a world where he has to defeat 16 colossal creatures in order to resurrect his lost love, Mono.
I'm not really sure what to expect from Muschietti on this movie. I really loved the first half of his movie Mama, and I really hated the second half. Hopefully he's grown as a director and can make this new movie good from beginning to end. This has the potential to be a gloriously epic film if done right. So now we just have to wait to see what the direct does with it.
It will be really cool to see what kind of visuals they come up for this thing. Here's a description of the story:
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.