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Merrick here...
Sony is looking to turn the SHADOW OF THE COLOSSUS PlayStation 2 game (HERE) into a movie.
"Colossus," which bowed exclusively on the PlayStation 2 in 2005, revolves around a man named Wander who must travel across a cursed wasteland and defeat 16 creatures, known as the colossi, in order to restore the life of a girl.
...says THIS mention in Variety. The 'colossi' referenced by Variety are, say, the size of Godzilla, maybe? Justin Marks will script the film. A few months back we learned that Marks has been drafted to rework Bill Marsilii's 20, 000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA script for McG (HERE). Last Summer, we got a sense of Marks' script for GRAYSKULL: THE MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE adaptation for Joel Silver (HERE). Word is The Powers That Be are now looking for a different angle on that project. Here's a look at the SHADOW game...

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  • April 8, 2009, 9:35 a.m. CST


    by Dhaemon

  • April 8, 2009, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Great game.

    by BangoSkank

    That's all I got.

  • April 8, 2009, 9:35 a.m. CST


    by unkempt_sock


  • April 8, 2009, 9:36 a.m. CST

    written by

    by unkempt_sock

    The Chun-Li guy. Awesome.

  • April 8, 2009, 9:37 a.m. CST

    when are they going to make a pacman movie?

    by Potatino

    or dig dug that was a good game too.

  • April 8, 2009, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Epic game

    by MaliceHighload

    Should have some cool visuals at least.

  • April 8, 2009, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Justin Marks?

    by Mr. Pricklepants

    The same guy who wrote the screenplay for Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li?<br> <br> Well, prepare for suckness then. Because that movie was one of the worst movies I've ever seen. This guy can't write dialogue to save his life. Surely, there are better screenwriters around than this guy.

  • April 8, 2009, 9:43 a.m. CST

    sounds interesting

    by ulcer

    beautiful concept, but excessibly boring game - couldn't finish. I wonder about a non-interactive movie version of it, though! We've seen large cg creature, the point of the game what that you could hardly see the whole thing and had to move around. Who's betting that this will be another hollywood movie with annoying, screaming kids?

  • April 8, 2009, 9:43 a.m. CST


    by bobsjohnson

    Can't Wait.

  • April 8, 2009, 9:43 a.m. CST

    God fo War

    by dsback

    Make that movie

  • April 8, 2009, 9:43 a.m. CST

    God of War

    by dsback

  • April 8, 2009, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Okay,seriously, how do you mute those fucking

    by CreasyBear

    box ads above the talkback? Don't get me wrong, it's kinda awesome trying to listen to the embed in the thread while simultaneously hearing some bitch tell you about the cleaning power of Lysol.

  • April 8, 2009, 9:49 a.m. CST


    by Conqueror Worm

    This and ICO are two of the most beautiful computer games ever made.</p> I replay these games one a year, there are classics.

  • April 8, 2009, 9:50 a.m. CST

    so are video game movies

    by snowtires

    the new comic book movie?

  • April 8, 2009, 9:51 a.m. CST

    Halo movie should be next

    by Dhaemon

  • April 8, 2009, 9:52 a.m. CST


    by Two

    I just wanna know what this team -- that did Ico and Shadow of the Colossus -- are doing next...? Hopefully for the PS3. Screw a movie. Gimme a new game.

  • April 8, 2009, 9:56 a.m. CST


    by Ravetin

  • April 8, 2009, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Two: (now with words)

    by Ravetin

    Their next game is for PS3, and recently they announced it would be more like Ico than SotC.

  • April 8, 2009, 9:58 a.m. CST

    This game

    by Tell_Your_Mom_I_Said_Hi

    Rocks btw. Needs a next gen update.

  • April 8, 2009, 10:01 a.m. CST

    ICO sucked

    by Tell_Your_Mom_I_Said_Hi

    Boooooooooooooooooooooring...It was like Tomb Raider, if Tomb Raider sucked more and had a less visually compelling protagonist (i.e. boobs).

  • April 8, 2009, 10:01 a.m. CST

    This game would make a good film....

    by Davidia

    A very low key, almost silent fantasy film. That's how the game was like...barren, desolate, kinda spooky, with very little duologue, but beautiful and serene because of it. And the collosi fighting is still some of the funnest I've ever had in a game. They'll fuck this one up good

  • April 8, 2009, 10:02 a.m. CST

    there goes my dream of making this movie

    by T 1000 xp professional

    damnit... chances are this is gonna suck too...Oh, and you guys are telling me this dude wrote chun-li. lol oh baby get ready for this.... what could've been

  • April 8, 2009, 10:05 a.m. CST


    by Jonasu-san

    This has the chance to be truly extraordinary, beautiful och epic in it's truest sense. My favorite game which I always thought could make a glorious movie. Problem is, there is only one dude, and this coma chick... Directed by Kim Ki-duk?

  • April 8, 2009, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Best game of 2005!

    by slave to the one

    I just wonder how they can turn that concept into a movie about some kid riding around for 30 minutes at a time to kill a giant!

  • April 8, 2009, 10:15 a.m. CST

    P.S. Why is this Justin Marks guy getting all these gigs?

    by Mr. Pricklepants

    He must be one hell of an ass-kisser because he sure ain't a good screenwriter.

  • April 8, 2009, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Amazing game

    by YeahBigJimmy

    could be made into an amazing movie (but probably won't)

  • April 8, 2009, 10:17 a.m. CST

    The most beautiful game ever made

    by ides

    A strong case could be made for it being the most beautiful game of all time, even though it was on the previous generation of consoles. The fight on the flying colossus above the still lake is basically unmatched as a spectacle in any game, except perhaps chasing down the flying colossus over the desert. Still, I have no expectations that the movie will be anything other than a disappointment, as every other live action movie based on a game has been, up to this point. The most I can hope for is that it will spur them to make a sequel to the game.

  • April 8, 2009, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Terrence Malick as director or fuck off!

    by DerLanghaarige

  • April 8, 2009, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Oh crap

    by proper

    I've had this game on the shelf for 2+ years now as it's the game I'm finishing the PS2 era on one fine day [I just don't find the time anymore,good,playing games all day is a waste of life].I'm getting the hell out of here :> PS Ico was good,I paid £70 collectors price,finished it twice in 2 days to get the lightsaber only to see it re-released a year later for £15 but I'm not bitter,I'll sell it on ebay one day for

  • April 8, 2009, 10:21 a.m. CST

    the Colossi need to

    by dopepope

    addressed with the most fantastic effects available for this to work. The game has virtually no dialog or real story. It's all about the take down of the Colossus and the ambience of the scenery and music. It's basically a game of boss fights, one after the other. Knowing hollywood they'll fluff it all up with some kind of cutsie comic relief character, shit loads of useless banter between characters that have nothing to do with the game. God only knows what liberties they'll take with the Colossi. They're not family friendly enough!

  • April 8, 2009, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Amazing game that could be amazing if handled right

    by KevinMuller

    The game is amazing because it is so simple and quiet. Hollywood is going to try to make a movie that is big and loud, which will be a mistake. The movie should be no more than two hours and that is even pushing it. Instead of going for a long running time, do something different, make a short, but memorable experience. Explain who the boy and the girl are, just don't make it cheesy. THe atmosphere is EVERYTHING in this game. They need to choose someone who can be faithful to it. As for the CGI, go for the spike jonez effect in WTWTA...have people in costume with SOME cgi and then expand on the height. What made those creatures so unique is that they looked like living breathing things, which CGI would destroy. Most importantly...THE MUSIC HAS TO STAY THE SAME!!! This what what made the game so thrilling. This is one of my favorite games ever and I can't wait to see what they do. PS... I am also excited what the makers of the game have in store for us with the PS3 hardware.

  • April 8, 2009, 10:30 a.m. CST

    I was hoping this was about a remake of

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Colossus: The Forbin Project. No such luck. Usually I am very anti-remake. However, as the movie was about two computers merging into one, and taking over the world, and since computers have grown exponentally, this is one movie I could see a remake doing justice.

  • April 8, 2009, 10:32 a.m. CST

    If it wasn't in my hands. Terence Malick

    by T 1000 xp professional

    or Peter Weir would've been just fine lol :)..

  • April 8, 2009, 10:32 a.m. CST

    The guy who wrote Chun Li? Seriously??

    by F69

    It never ceases to amaze me how such talentless hacks can get to where they are in this industry. I mean, getting to write stories for a living that then get made into movies has to be one of the most sought after jobs in the world. There's got to be millions of talented, eager, hardworking wannabe screenwriters out who are desperate to just get a shot and would grab it with both hands and pour their heart and soul into it. Why then does an absolute HACK like this Justin Marks guy seem to be getting every sweet gig going? I'm literally getting a brain aneurysm trying to get my head around it.

  • April 8, 2009, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Awesome, moving game. Needs handling with care or it'll

    by Mr Nicholas

    just be turned into a soulless, meaningless string of action and FX sequences.

  • April 8, 2009, 10:38 a.m. CST

    Beautiful game (as was Ico)

    by seppukudkurosawa

    You know, I know it was an April Fool's Day article, but I actually wouldn't mind seeing a Zelda movie made. I just read an article about how the studios plan to reboot xXx and the Tomb Raider franchise, as well as remake a whole bunch of movies from the '80s and '90s, so a few GOOD game adaptations are looking quite attractive right now. Just don't get Uwe Boll or anyone who's ever had anything to do with a Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter adaptation to write the script! Come on, how many shitty game movies does it take before you twunts twig on?

  • April 8, 2009, 10:40 a.m. CST

    KevinMuller could you explain

    by comedian_x

    how CGI would somehow destroy the original design of the creatures when the colussi (and the game) was completely computer generated to begin with?

  • April 8, 2009, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Sure Comedian

    by KevinMuller

    yes, I know I was a little vague on my statement, so I will explain. In the world of video games, the creatures had a very real texture to them (the way the hair moved was amazing). I think on the big screen, the same effect wouldn't look the same cause the images would be against real life back grounds. hope this helped.

  • April 8, 2009, 10:47 a.m. CST


    by Quin the Eskimo

    REIGN OER ME. REIGN OER ME. Gotta love The Who.

  • April 8, 2009, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Odd choice. I'd have picked Zelda being made into a movie

    by Amy Chasing

    before SOTC. Both games are like playing an anime. As movies, I would think Zelda would be easier (has more material to adapt from; more fans; simpler stories and characters). I don't know if I can trust that TPTB would get SOTC, let alone adapt it faithfully. Just seems... odd.

  • April 8, 2009, 11:01 a.m. CST


    by HerbWestAustin

    There's no dialogue in the game. They will only ruin it by stupid dialogue and by casting Matthew McConaughey.

  • April 8, 2009, 11:02 a.m. CST

    Fact: ALL video game movies SUCK!!!

    by HerbWestAustin

    don't tarnish something that's already great.

  • April 8, 2009, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Will it star 50 Cent?

    by DerLanghaarige

    "Yo, Colossus bitch. You goin' down, Ni**a!"

  • April 8, 2009, 11:05 a.m. CST

    Ico and SotC

    by MrCleanAZ

    IMHO Ico and SotC are two of the best PS2 games ever.<br><br>While somewhat light on action (read: long trips between colossi) the puzzle solving and story revalation of both were great!<br><br>Overall, I think Ico would be an easier film to make, so I don't hold much hope for a SotC movie.<br><br>I'm looking forward to whatever Team Ico has instore for the PS3 though!

  • April 8, 2009, 11:06 a.m. CST


    by TomHooligan

    I can't hide my childish glee at this one bit. I loved ICO too. I wish my PS3 was backwards compatible because this makes me want to complete it again. The game made me feel like i actually had a stake in what was going to occur and provided some of the greatest nail biting scenes i've ever seen for the genre. If they get this right i'll shazbot in my pants.

  • April 8, 2009, 11:09 a.m. CST

    one of the best games ever

    by The Chosen

    Almost without dialog, but so beautifully crafted it moves you. Filled with action and emotion. Cannot be another game-to-movie crap.

  • April 8, 2009, 11:12 a.m. CST

    My be the first game used as a metaphor

    by skimn

    In the movie Reign Over Me, the Adam Sandler character played it obsessively, in response to losing his family on 9/11.

  • April 8, 2009, 11:18 a.m. CST


    by Mr Gorilla

    Please. They've been tried again and again. NO ONE seems to be able to work out how to do them! NO ONE!!!!

  • April 8, 2009, 11:18 a.m. CST


    by F69

    Yeah it was the same for me when my dog died, I played that thing constantly.

  • April 8, 2009, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Still waiting for the film versions of

    by Tin Snoman

    Defender, Missile Command, Choplifter, Master Blaster and Contra. Get cracking, Hollywood.

  • April 8, 2009, 11:27 a.m. CST

    The game is a modern piece of art

    by m_reporter

    The writer attached to the movie is a hack though. The only hope for the movie now is if a master director attached himself to it... <p> Like that will ever happen.

  • April 8, 2009, 11:27 a.m. CST


    by MrCleanAZ

    The chances of anyone getting a Shadow of the Colossus movie 'right' is next to impossible.<br><br>Damn I just became a negative talkbacker. Sorry.

  • April 8, 2009, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Awsome game, bad idea

    by Xian042

    If there was a streak of great video game movies I'd be excited, but this just reaks of bad news

  • April 8, 2009, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Grim Fan-fucking-dango.

    by henrydalton

    Won't someone make it happen?

  • April 8, 2009, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Awsome game, bad idea

    by Xian042

    If there was a streak of great video game movies I'd be excited, but this just reaks of bad news

  • April 8, 2009, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Hopes of one of the spanish directors

    by the beef

    When I saw the game(s) (I include ICO with this) I thought that Cuaron, Del Toro, or Amenebar would be fantastic to bring these to life visually. I doubt that'll happen -especially Del Toro 'cause he's booked- but that would definitely spark my interest in the adaptation.

  • April 8, 2009, 11:39 a.m. CST

    this game is one of the best games i've ever played

    by onefatman

    so beautiful and artistic and not at all like any game you've played before - i would've picked andrew dominik

  • April 8, 2009, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Anyone who considers Ico or Collosus boring

    by skimn

    apparantly find the GTA series kiddie games. They are beautiful and more importantly original games.

  • April 8, 2009, 11:48 a.m. CST

    My favorite game of all time

    by Dapper Swindler

    But not at all interested in a movie adaptation. I'm just against adaptations in general. But this game in particular was about isolation, so it would have to be a silent movie to have any kind of resemblance. But why should it resemble the game when you could just play the game? I hate the idea of adapting things. Just go play the game.

  • April 8, 2009, 11:48 a.m. CST

    If they do this right...

    by Darth_Tarantino

    ...and play it as simply an epic, jaw-dropping adventure movie, this could be the first truly great video game to movie transfer. If they try to make a computer game movie, it's going to fail.

  • April 8, 2009, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Agree with Dapper

    by Darth_Tarantino

    There needs to be as little dialogue in this as possible in order for it to work.

  • April 8, 2009, 11:50 a.m. CST

    "Getting SotC right"

    by Dapper Swindler

    would mean making it look exactly like the game. So either you have a redundant copy of the game or a terrible movie that makes the game look terrible. It's lose-lose. Horrible idea.

  • April 8, 2009, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Great Game

    by MJDeViant

    I bought a used PS2 for this and God of War 1-2. Let's face it though, there is a 95% chance that they will ruin it. Judging by the other scripts this guy has worked on, it will be a studio affair, which the game most certainly did not feel like (though it was a Sony endeavor I think). I would much rather have another game then a movie. And if the movie HAS to be made I would pick Brad Anderson to direct it. I know he might not have the background to enforce that decision, but I feel like he would make it subtle and almost depressing and desolate in a way which the game had. I would also *PLEASE* go no-name for all the actors.

  • April 8, 2009, 11:55 a.m. CST

    This could be so wonderful

    by Darth_Tarantino

    as a movie - it could be epic, emotional, a true cinematic adventure. I for one am keeping my fingers crossed.

  • April 8, 2009, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Anyone see "Reign Over Me"

    by TELF

    It used the game and its mythic quality really well as part of the story.

  • April 8, 2009, 11:55 a.m. CST

    awesome game, hopefully it will be good

    by Charinger

    This is no doubt one of my favorite games on the ps2, along with Ico. It would be feel like this would draw out as a two hour borefest, especially since there are 13 colossi in the game. What this really should be is a conjoining of Shadow of the Colossus and Ico. The two stories are linked, if players payed attention they should know how. I imagine the game would start off with Shadow of Colossus with Wander battling the last colossus. When he goes back to the temple where the god statues are and break, the movie should then go to thousands and thousands of years later, where Ico begins. As Ico progresses through the castle, he encounters parts of the castle with illustrations of the history of wander and how the curse with the horned children began. At the end, explore the theme of how what love was lost, is now found again.

  • April 8, 2009, 11:56 a.m. CST


    by Charinger

    As Ico sees the illustrations in the castle, there's a flashback of wander battling the colossi.

  • April 8, 2009, 11:57 a.m. CST


    by uberman

    And 'THE SURREAL LIFE' is an oscar caliber documentary.

  • April 8, 2009, 12:02 p.m. CST


    by phool2056

    The game is already pretty much perfection, despite being short and easy enough that pretty much anyone could make a long night of playing it at a friend's house. What's more, its intercativity is thematically important to what the game in general is doing in terms of raising questions about violence and barbarism. At best, the adaptation will be like Watchmen: a decent try that, no matter how well made, is inherently flawed because it is in the wrong medium.

  • April 8, 2009, 12:07 p.m. CST

    I hope they

    by belasco_house

    punctuate stunning colossus action with the atmosphere of isolation, like in the game. This and Ico, they were beautiful things.

  • April 8, 2009, 12:11 p.m. CST


    by Mr_Fancy_Pants

    That ad with sound needs to be killed with fire. Thumbs up for the Shadow of the Collossus movie. I wish a PS3 version was out cuz the PS2 one looks pretty poor on my HD tv.

  • April 8, 2009, 12:15 p.m. CST


    by Charinger

    That trailer wasn't the official one, that was obviously a fanmade trailer.

  • April 8, 2009, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Can't think of a worse game to adapt

    by Dapper Swindler

    You cannot translate SotC to a film medium. It just doesn't make any sense. Are you going to film a guy riding on a horse for 2 hours? It works in the game, but not in a movie. At least with ICO there are two characters, so you have something to work with. But if you thought Watchmen was unfilmable, you haven't seen anything yet.

  • April 8, 2009, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Damn, that game was epic

    by F69

    Seeing that little video makes me wish I was playing it right now actually.

  • April 8, 2009, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Does not need a film adaptation.

    by Shermdawg

    Not enough story, not a big enough budget. Will ultimately disappoint.

  • April 8, 2009, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Ico and Shadow of the Colossus...

    by BiggusDickus

    ...were pretty much the pinnacle of gaming on the PS2. Beautiful, breathtaking and completely absorbing worlds. <p>No idea how you'll make this into a movie and get anything other than 'bloke with horse fights fucking huge monsters', though...

  • April 8, 2009, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Great news

    by One-Eye Tigh

    SOTC and ICO are works of art, it's as simple as that. And don't worry about lack of characters - you actually CARED about Agro (his horse) by the end of the game. I can see this movie being mostly battles, with the occasional flashback (before the girl's death). Can't wait for this movie, even if it sucks, I'll love it. Now can we get a new team ICO game for PS3, please?

  • April 8, 2009, 12:25 p.m. CST

    If they REALLY want to make a decent movie of a game...

    by BiggusDickus

    ...let's have Bioshock or Half-Life, eh?

  • April 8, 2009, 12:29 p.m. CST


    by Atropos the only one I could stand making this, or even better yet, ICO. How sweet would an ICO-anime by Miyazaki be?

  • April 8, 2009, 12:36 p.m. CST


    by belasco_house

    Bless 'im.

  • April 8, 2009, 12:43 p.m. CST

    I'm with everyone else

    by kungfuhustler84

    Shadow of the Colossus, Ico, and Okami were three of my favorite games of the PS2, but Colossus definitely has some potential for a good movie. Also, they need to make a live action Viewtiful Joe movie in Japan starring an American guy. Just make it one really long episode of Power Rangers with a huge budget and more stylized violence.

  • April 8, 2009, 12:43 p.m. CST



    I don't know what to say that hasn't already been said, really SOTC is one of the most BEAUTIFUL games EVER created, and Dapper Swindler your right, they thought the Watchmen was unfilmable? HA! to make this movie right it would need to be at least 6 hours long and have almost no dialogue. Which of course is not doable, soooooooooo they will add more characters, cut out some of the colossi, add more dialogue and considering the writer of the script this could go down as one of the worst video game adaptions of all time, someone needs to make a petition online to stop this movie from being made.

  • April 8, 2009, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Horrible idea

    by ChuckBuried

    SoTC works as a game. It works as a game because it's a homage to all of those early adventure games like Adventure and Legend of Zelda where you're given this quest with minimal to no context. This is silly.

  • April 8, 2009, 12:46 p.m. CST

    If only Henson were still alive

    by kungfuhustler84

    Him and the team that made Dark Crystal would be amazing for this project.

  • April 8, 2009, 12:48 p.m. CST

    I found the script online! Here it is!

    by Dapper Swindler

    (I took out the scene descriptions and left only the dialogue)<br> Dormin: (inaudible gibberish)<br> Wander: Agro!<br> Wander: Agro. Agro!<br> Wander: ....Agro?<br> Wander: Agro! Agro. Agro. <br> Wander: Agro!<br> Wander: Agro.<br> THE END - Roll Credits

  • April 8, 2009, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Street Fighter

    by Toonol

    I can't emphasis enough: That was the most funny movie I've seen this year. I don't know if it was intentional or not, but I was howling all the way through. Granted, that's probably not the direction that we want to see SotC go.<p> Nash out!

  • April 8, 2009, 1 p.m. CST

    Justin Marks AGAIN?! Give me a FUCKING break!

    by D.Vader

    This guy has NOTHING on his resume except "Street Fighter", and we all know how that shit turned out. Good God, give it to some other screenwriter who could use the work. He's got SEVEN SCRIPTS on his plate right now. SuperMax, He-Man, Voltron, Suicide Squad, Hack/Slash, Captain Nemo, and now Shadow of the Colossus. <p> Fuck this guy. Fuck everyone who keeps giving him these jobs as if he's some new screenwriting savior or superhero.

  • April 8, 2009, 1:15 p.m. CST


    by F69

    I remember they were meant to be making a Dark Crystal sequel a while ago with Frank Oz directing or something... even remember seeing a promotional pic from it if I recall correctly. Whatever happened to that?

  • April 8, 2009, 1:17 p.m. CST

    KevinMuller you dolt..

    by Lemming

    "What made those creatures so unique is that they looked like living breathing things, which CGI would destroy."<p> You mean the VIDEO GAME MODEL creatures that you think full movie CGI would make worse? What they hell were you thinking when you wrote that? Seriously, dude...

  • April 8, 2009, 1:27 p.m. CST

    it sounded great untill you said 'justin marks'

    by Mysterious_Volvo

    who is clearly a fucking shit writer. i dont understand how these people get so many web page inches.

  • April 8, 2009, 1:30 p.m. CST

    They're still making the Dark Crystal movie

    by D.Vader

    And Tartakovsky, creator of Samurai Jack and those 2-d animated Clone Wars cartoons is directing. <p>

  • April 8, 2009, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Brett Ratner gotta eat

    by JohnRyder

  • April 8, 2009, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Can anyone confirm...

    by JohnRyder

    that Al Pacino is attached to the Bioshock movie? That would be awsome.

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  • April 8, 2009, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Hollywood is bankrupt of ideas


    thats why they are turning to video games which in my opinion is where the real creativity is.

  • April 8, 2009, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Could be good...

    by karma_god

    with a smart filmmaking team. The game was brilliant and compelling in so many ways. And it's simple enough that translating it to the screen could actually work.

  • April 8, 2009, 2:03 p.m. CST

    They could go the Wall-E route

    by terry1978

    That worked for the first half or so, but even that flick was not entirely devoid of dialogue. There will be other characters, or Wander will talk to Argo, so long as the horse don't talk back.

  • April 8, 2009, 2:20 p.m. CST

    Bring on God of War

    by drewlicious

    There were only two series of games I actually played in the last few years, God of War and Ratchet and Clank. Seriously, God of War would be badass if you got the right lead. Jason Statham would be an obvious choice but I'd much rather see someone relatively unknown. Ray Stevenson might work even if he has done the whole sword and sandals thing before.

  • April 8, 2009, 2:26 p.m. CST


    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    01. Mel Gibson, 02. Ridley Scott, 03. Edward Zwick, 04. Alfonso Cuaron, 06. Joe Johnston, 05. Peter Weir, 07. Kevin Reynolds, 08. Martin Campbell, 09. Gore Verbinski, 10. Ron Howard, 11. Zhang Yimou, 12. Shekhar Kapur, 13. Peter Jackson, 14. Roland Emmerich, 15. Terrence Malick, 16, Scott Hicks, 17. Peter Berg, 18. Antoine Fuqua, 19. John Woo, 20. Kevin Costner.

  • April 8, 2009, 2:29 p.m. CST


    by Spazwankle

    I was about to come in here and instill my infinite wisdom of how this should be gearing towards a Mallick tone, but people have beaten me to it :) SOTC, is a quiet, thoughtful and beautiful piece of work. They need to treat it as such.

  • April 8, 2009, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Utterly pointless

    by drturing

    The entire game is almost about games; it's only about bosses, and as you kill them one by one you realize the effect its having upon the world in ways you never stopped to question in a videogame. Everything about SOC is quiet, spare, emotional melancholy. Utterly pointless. But Marks will make some good money handing in his draft that he's going to need to crack in two - four weeks and it'll probably never get made unless Ratner or Wiseman is desperate for a job.

  • April 8, 2009, 2:34 p.m. CST

    please god, be good

    by the_shogun_gunslinger

    The game is a masterpiece. I hope they give this to someone with some vision. Could be insanely epic. <P> Tread softly Sony... You're treading on my dreams.

  • April 8, 2009, 2:34 p.m. CST

    This movie is headed for the cheeseball express!

    by Orionsangels

    SOTC features a lonely character and is a lonely experience when you play it. It's meant to be that way. 1 man and his horse battling 16 Colossus. If the movie follows that, we could good a fun interesting movie. Kind of like Castaway. Where it's a character study, only SOTC would feature special effects and action. That won't happen though. They'll rewrite the story. Change names, give the lead friends that ride along side, with names like paladin and gokar. It'll feature Kevin Sorbo or the Rock. A cheesy villian and he fights maybe three different colossus. Yeah this movie is headed for the cheeseball express.

  • April 8, 2009, 2:45 p.m. CST

    The Neverending Story comes to mind...

    by Orionsangels

    Wander is kind of like Atreyu. In that Atreyu is on a lonely quest with his horse. In search of the Nothing. He must battle obstacles in his way. The SOTC movie could work in that respect.

  • April 8, 2009, 2:46 p.m. CST

    You know, I like the He-man script and all. But...

    by Dr.DirtyD

    What's up with NO Orc-o? <P> He couldn't find a way to through the little dude in there, some where? <P>I don't know about anyone else: but when I watch He-man, I watch for the camp and the Homosexual undertones...and the Orc-o

  • April 8, 2009, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Cool so, 2 hours of a man climbing on hair

    by ricarleite2

  • April 8, 2009, 3:10 p.m. CST

    This may be the...

    by codymr

    First video game --> film adaptation that is actually good. I can't recall any VGs that made the transition to film well.

  • April 8, 2009, 3:18 p.m. CST


    by kungfuhustler84

    I think they are still making it. Isn't it supposed to be in production now?

  • April 8, 2009, 3:19 p.m. CST

    How does one adapt a video game...

    by Destroyer

    ...with no dialogue, story, or secondary characters/ It's a dude and his horse.

  • April 8, 2009, 3:39 p.m. CST


    by the Green Gargantua

    one of the best ever in my opinion. It had an EPIC feeling.

  • April 8, 2009, 3:52 p.m. CST

    Lame plot...

    by Kid Z

    ...every male on Earth, even fantasy-Earth would be at the funeral of their "lost love" and be like, "Damn she's dead... that sucks. I just can't go on... But wait, I can try and kill 16 gigantic creatures and bring her b... hey! Who's the blonde over there? Hmmm... Maybe I can ease on over, pull my grief-stricken fiancee act... chicks eat that s**t up...

  • April 8, 2009, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Agro! ((whistles))

    by Itto Ogami loses Daigoro

    The success of this movie will come down to who/what they'll cast as Wander's horse.

  • April 8, 2009, 4:12 p.m. CST


    by Mathom

    And excellent again. The game is solid, and I think it will lend itself to cinema well with the right direction. I already liked the references to it in Reign On Me.

  • April 8, 2009, 4:18 p.m. CST

    This would be HARD to screw up...

    by Nicodemus07

    Just due to the specificity of the concept. Get a good director and this is pretty much assured to be a masterpiece.

  • April 8, 2009, 4:21 p.m. CST

    I loved SotC

    by Aphex Twin

    First game released in my adulthood that got my imagination running like I was a kid again. I have sadly missed ICO, but I'm trying to rectify that problem by scoring a copy via ebay. Can a movie work? I doubt it but lets hope.

  • April 8, 2009, 4:30 p.m. CST

    As much as I like film...

    by caerlas

    ..."video game movies" is a de-evolution concept. Contemporary interactive stortelling is a superior medium. Trying to make such a shining example of minimalist video game storytelling into a film is like trying to add text messaging to landline phones. It's just a dumb idea. Play the game, don't see the movie.

  • April 8, 2009, 4:31 p.m. CST

    There is no need for a script ...

    by Furan

    Give Terrence Malick a synopsis .. some time ... and he will be the wanderer. Then Ron Fricke can take a photo.

  • April 8, 2009, 5:18 p.m. CST

    There's a divine justice

    by Toilet_Terror

    in the most artful, entertaining video games ever created being adapted into the dumbest, tackiest films imaginable.

  • April 8, 2009, 5:23 p.m. CST

    I'm one of the editors of Reign Over Me...

    by jeremedia

    If you're interested, check out this interview I did about how we integrated Colossus into the film:

  • April 8, 2009, 5:28 p.m. CST

    But 'Video Game Movie' is really an excuse

    by Toilet_Terror

    to make the most fantastical action movies imaginable. Gamers don't care about dialogue or traditional drama, so go back to the silent cinema and work from there. I'm waiting for something like a Castlevania film that crosses Gothic horror with Hong Kong and Buster Keaton.

  • April 8, 2009, 5:38 p.m. CST


    by caerlas

    ...Thanks for the link. I keep telling myself that one of these days I'm going to actually see "Reign Over Me."

  • April 8, 2009, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Yeah the game was was Ico..but a movie?

    by sonnyfern

    Eh, I don't really see it working..

  • April 8, 2009, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Character study, and Ebert's comments on videogames....

    by Davidia

    I am replying to the talkbacker who said SotC should be a character study and I completely agree. It was a very personal and almost spiritual experience playing the game. It was a lonely yet soulful tale. And this bringing me back to a time when I remember someone quoting Ebert saying that videogames can't be considered art. That always irked me and now with a lot of you talkbackers saying it was art I wish I could dare Ebert to play through this game and say otherwise. I usually enjoy Ebert's reviews and I like to credit his tastes on being timeless....but no more. Decades or even years ago people could've casually said Comic Books weren't not art and get away with it. Now we have DKR and Watchmen and the view is they can not only be art but genre-bending definitions on the art of said medium. Cut about 2 generations ago and people said Movie/tv was superficial fluff. It infuriates me with someone with as much clout as Ebert would go ahead and say videogames aren't art when the very medium he critiques was not considered legit till he was in boxers as a 5 year old. Back before he was born people looked at movies as nothing but serial-fluff with cowboys and indians for the kids or intrigue and romance for the adults. However it developed into an artform when the RIGHT PEOPLE found it. Ebert writes off videogames as nothing but kids toys....Really, what did people think back when it was the lone ranger or people traveling to the moon with whimsical piano soundtracks accompanying the misadventures of this slapstick drama? Was it merely pure fluff with no resonance or did the medium actually hold potential for creativity and integrity? We all know the answer now, but how would've Ebert felt if he was 22 and some douche ran around saying that movies weren't art, well today that guy would be laughed at, and Ebert would be proven right. That is why I find his statement so hypercritical and why I am never reading another review of his again, he lost my respect. I always thought Ebert had timelessness, but apparently not. It must be easy to act like an archaic, stubborn, judgmental old-timer; critical of the new possibilities around him yet not educated enough on said topics to even form a valid opinion. I say Fuck Ebert right up his double-faced ass. He sites videogames as not being art but comes off as one of the pretentious pricks who could say "Art can be found anywhere, even in your dumpster!". To say videogames can't be art is to say boxed in illustrations with diologue clouds can't be art, or that moving images with sound accompanying can't be art. It's bullshit, anyone or anything can be capable of art in any form as long as THEY HAVE the means in THEMSELVES to do so. Give me Picasso, a coloring book, and some crayons, and we can make some art. Give me a willing and talented developer, the designers to pull it off, and a script that works, and we can make art in videogame form. Fuck off Ebert, you sound no better then my grumpy old Grampa complaining about "sand-niggers" and Obama being the new anti-christ. Just fuck off.

  • April 8, 2009, 8:51 p.m. CST

    marks also wrote that ass-awful Chun Li movie

    by december

    but that Greyskull description sounds like the most awesome thing EVER.

  • April 8, 2009, 9:04 p.m. CST

    This is my top 5 fav games ever... and can't help but feel like

    by Novaman5000

    This property is about to get RAPED. The game is thrilling and epic but hardly "hollywood". Hope they don't add comic relief and have a famous rapper play one of the collossus.

  • April 8, 2009, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Wow, thanks for chu chu choosing me, Davidia!

    by Orionsangels

    Yeah, I said it should be a character study. I agree with everything you said Davidia. Ebert will never play a video game. Especially a modern one. The concept of holding a control and moving something on the screen, is so foreign to him. That he can't connect with it on any level and watching someone play, especially a game like SOTC. Which works on personal level, would have no real meaning to the viewer. They would just get bored. This is what pisses me off about Ebert's, games can't be art statement. He admits he never played a video game. Well there ya go. Your opinion is baseless. I don't appreciate his arrogance and the fact that he belittles video games. His mind set on gaming won't go further than it's something for fun and for kids.

  • April 8, 2009, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Also, his name is "Wanderer"

    by Novaman5000

    if we have to call him something, because that's the title in Japan: "Wanderer and the collosus" but he never really gets a name in the game. He doesn't need one.

  • April 8, 2009, 9:16 p.m. CST

    SOTC plot

    by movieManiac

    even tho it has no characters and no dialogue, SOTC is very much about how far someone would go to save someone he loves. The 16 colossi he slaughters for her are very much beautiful creatures. They are not monsters, they are just inhabitants of the land he is in. They are often intrigued by him and some of them are even gentle giants, not evil or even interested in killing him at all. Yet, he keeps seeking them out and killing them one after the other, destroying them and hurting himself in the process and eventually losing his faithful companion. There is a strong under current of sadness and moral ambiguity in the game. If they can translate that to film, it could be a work of art. Im sure they will slap a funny sidekick, make the colossi evil monsters and have him rescue his princess in the movie tho. That would suck. Sometimes, games have way better stories than the movies they generate :(

  • April 8, 2009, 9:23 p.m. CST


    by movieManiac

    Ebert has admitted to playing a very artsy old PC adventure game, i forget what it is. I think the fact that even then, he couldn't see its value as art speaks volumes. He thinks art must be something this is passive, that is entirely the vision of the creator and can never benefit by the interaction with the user which in my opinion takes it beyond, to the next level. Its sad that he will miss out on some incredible pieces of art and storytelling. Instead he chooses to think of gaming as Halo and 16 yr old multiplayer gamer fucktards on XBLA screaming obscenities at one another. His loss. But also the loss of others who choose to agree with his baseless and bias opinion.

  • April 9, 2009, 6:39 a.m. CST

    Shadow of the Colossus

    by laguna_loire

    I would love to see a Director recreate Colussii number 9, with the battle in full swing and the music (from the game of course!!) pounding - I would dearly love to see this movie done right. Of course, I guess many people would be shocked by Agro's seeming demise (if they don't know already - you do get attached to him somewhat when playing the game!!). I love this game to bits, I've completed it over a dozen times, unlocked every secret, and I've even reached the secret garden!! If I had a dream director for this it would either be Miyazaki (and animated), or as someone said on here, Terence Malick (his movie the New World was very affecting, and has the kind of ideals, that put to this would work).

  • April 9, 2009, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Oh Roger Ebert

    by ChuckBuried

    It truly is a shame that someone who I've always found to be intelligent and insightful doesn't have the ability to understand his own bias. This is the trial that any new medium goes through when it starts. People don't get it. People don't trust it to be anything more than a gimmick. Novels, movies, comics, we're just going round and round here. Ebert, wake the fuck up.

  • April 9, 2009, 11:28 a.m. CST

    You know what makes me happy?

    by Killah_Mate

    Seeing so many people here that love SotC as much as I do (consider it the best PS2 game and one of the best of all time). The movie will/would (if it ever comes out) inevitably suck, but that was a given. It's just nice to see people remember the game so fondly. And cheers to Jeremedia; I remember when the movie came out how I was very impressed with how you guys handled the game aspect. Totally mature and so very unlike Hollywood's typical approach to games. Also the Terrence Malick thing was spot-on, I used that comparison a bunch of times when I discussed the game with friends.

  • April 9, 2009, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Also, the game Roger Ebert played

    by Killah_Mate

    It's called 'Cosmology of Kyoto', a mid-90s CD-ROM multimedia quasi-adventure game with an interesting aesthetic. He actually reviewed it (for Wired I think, believe it or not) and had a pretty high opinion of it, which is why I tend to give him a pass and simply ignore him on the whole games/art business.

  • April 9, 2009, 11:47 a.m. CST


    by F69

    It's been too long since I played the game, which one was the ninth Colossus? Btw, the first time I played the last mission where Agro falls down the chasm I actually restarted it because I wanted to see if I could save him. It's pretty rare that a videogame can make you become that attached to a character.

  • April 9, 2009, 11:59 a.m. CST

    RE: Davidia

    by morGoth

    I'm just curious, how old is your grandpa?<p>Never played the game but I've watched over the shoulder of someone else playing. I agree, it was visually beautiful and could, with a little creative writing, be turned into an awesome fantasy/action flick.

  • April 9, 2009, 2:29 p.m. CST

    Oh my god... the Ebert and art thing again

    by Dapper Swindler

    So much hearsay, but no one actually looks at what Ebert really said about games and art. Please do some effing research!<p> Ebert said that because games are an interactive experience where the author does not have complete control over the experience, they are not considered art by his definition. He wasn't slamming games. He was simply clarifying a definition of the word art. You need to take your grievance up with Ebert's definition of the word art if anything, and not his opinion of video games. Please be more informed people.

  • April 9, 2009, 3:56 p.m. CST


    by El Borak

    still playng this.

  • April 9, 2009, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Great Game <br /> GREAT GAME!

    by richier123

  • April 9, 2009, 8:39 p.m. CST

    eberts art definition

    by movieManiac

    all art is interactive. Ebert doesn't understand that. Therefore he is a douche bag.

  • April 9, 2009, 9:28 p.m. CST

    "Wander," not "Wanderer"

    by ides

    But I think we should call him "Larry."

  • April 9, 2009, 10:58 p.m. CST

    Well actually you're both wrong

    by caerlas

    In the Japanese version, his name is "Wanda" but I think we should name him Kensuhiro

  • April 10, 2009, 1 a.m. CST


    by ides

    I remember early reports calling the game "Wanda and the Colossus," but everything I've seen since names the hero as "Wander." I don't know if it was a westernization or something, that's just what I've seen. Not that it really matters.

  • April 10, 2009, 9:02 p.m. CST


    by laguna_loire

    Hi F69, the ninth Colossii was the giant tortoise (you used Agro to help lure it under the geysers, and thus turn it over so yuo could climb up it). I also loved the encounter with number seven, the sea serpent - you expect something vicious from viewing the totem, but its really quite melancholy. I completely agree, the game is positively drenched it amosphere and emotion (not to mention, that damned horse is probably the best videogame companion ever!!). I so hope they don't mess it up.......

  • April 11, 2009, 6:18 a.m. CST

    Totally agree...

    by F69

    Man, that tortoise one was pretty epic... infact it's hard to think of a bad colosuss in the whole game, although I personally thought the finanl one could've been a little better- maybe it was just cos it was rooted to the spot I suppose... still pretty fun though. Oh, and I didn't find this out till I talked to some friends but you know the 2nd colosuss down on that beach that rears up and you shot his foot to make him roll over? I just could not figure that one out and in the end I just went back up to the cliff above and actually ended up doing it like this: