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Shadow of the Colossus To Become a Movie

Soulskill posted more than 5 years ago | from the since-street-fighter-did-so-well dept.

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Sockatume writes "SCE's critically acclaimed Shadow of the Colossus is set to become a feature film. The cult boss-rush game will be adapted by Justin Marks, who also wrote the recent Chun-Li movie. A friend of the writer reports that the studio hopes to turn it into an LotR-style fantasy blockbuster, expanding upon the side characters in the original game's minimalistic and solitary storyline. This won't be the game's first trip to Hollywood, however. 2007's Reign Over Me featured characters playing the game, at the suggestion of editor Jeremy Roush."

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wrong direction. (5, Informative)

senorpoco (1396603) | more than 5 years ago | (#27505447)

Great game, make a sequel not a movie.

Re:wrong direction. (2, Interesting)

mmkkbb (816035) | more than 5 years ago | (#27505479)

It was a prequel to Ico.

Re:wrong direction. (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 5 years ago | (#27505499)

If they make a prequel to this movie, or a sequel to Ico, they can make a trilogy instead of one movie! Brilliant!

Re:wrong direction. (4, Funny)

mmkkbb (816035) | more than 5 years ago | (#27505985)

Then they can edit them all together in chronological order to create "The Colossico Saga"

Re:wrong direction. (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27506153)

Didn't the studio always say it was not a prequel to Ico, despite what everyone thinks?

Re:wrong direction. (1)

Frigga's Ring (1044024) | more than 5 years ago | (#27508553)

From Wikipedia [wikipedia.org]

For several months during and after the game's release, the game's director and lead designer, Fumito Ueda, maintained that the game's status as a prequel was simply his personal take on the game and not necessarily its canon nature, as he largely intended for players to decide the specifics of the story for themselves. However, during an interview in March 2006, Ueda revealed that a specific connection between the two games exists: the world featured in the two is the same, with Shadow of the Colossus taking place at an unspecified time before Ico. He revealed that Wander sires the line of horned boys of which Ico's protagonist is a descendant.

Re:wrong direction. (2, Insightful)

Soilworker (795251) | more than 5 years ago | (#27505503)

nah, they will re-release a game based on the movie instead since it will attract more people than the game.

Re:wrong direction. (1)

Conspiracy_Of_Doves (236787) | more than 5 years ago | (#27506201)

If they want to attract more people to the game, they should try releasing it on other platforms.

Re:wrong direction. (1)

Gravatron (716477) | more than 5 years ago | (#27510333)

its a sony team isn't it? Why would they go multiplatform?

Re:wrong direction. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27512529)

Art house games don't really do well on any other platform.

Re:wrong direction. (1)

eggoeater (704775) | more than 5 years ago | (#27505835)

There was a lot of buzz a year ago about a sequel for ps3, and then nothing. Anyone know if it's still in the works?

Re:wrong direction. (1)

flitty (981864) | more than 5 years ago | (#27506209)

AFAIR, someone tracked down the lead designer at GDC and he said something to the effect that he was really excited about what they are working on, but he couldn't say anything without pissing off Sony. There's still just the one teaser image from a year ago (sewer cover with a chain), but many people believe that E3 will finally have some information about it.

Re:wrong direction. (1)

Goldberg's Pants (139800) | more than 5 years ago | (#27508513)

I imagine the movie will be five minutes of actual action and 90 minutes of a guy riding around on a horse and falling off things.

Re:wrong direction. (1)

Fumus (1258966) | more than 5 years ago | (#27515701)

Make a damned PC port. Not a film.
I want to play it too :(

Ak! (4, Funny)

Dr. Eggman (932300) | more than 5 years ago | (#27505469)

From reading that the game would be a movie to reading who was writing it; that is the biggest smile to terror-frown conversion I've ever had. I think I pulled a muscle...

Re:Ak! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27506327)

From reading that the game would be a movie to reading who was writing it; that is the biggest smile to terror-frown conversion I've ever had.

Well, it could be worse [imdb.com] :)

Re:Ak! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27506397)

lawl Trivia: His favorite console is the SNES. more

Better this... (2, Insightful)

A. B3ttik (1344591) | more than 5 years ago | (#27506561)

...than another game, precisely because there's no pre-existing story. There's nothing to ruin, nothing to get wrong, no part of my (recent) childhood to rape. They can only EXPAND the story, and there's really not a lot that they can get wrong.

On the other hand, take a game with an amazing, wonderfully thought-out story like Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic or even the Half-Life series, and a movie would just _ruin_ it. You couldn't tell the same intricate stories in an hour and a half. You'd be stepping on the toes of the pre-existing canon. You'd end up with a story much worse, much sloppier, and more kiddie/general-audience than the one from the game.

The fact of the matter is that Games can be their own story-telling medium, and they have just as much 'artistic' validity as a book and just as much visual appeal as a movie.

If they're going to make a movie from a video game, let it be from one whose story they won't ruin.

Re:Better this... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27507927)

I doubt there was an hour and a half of story in any of the Half Life games.

Re:Better this... (1)

cthulu_mt (1124113) | more than 5 years ago | (#27509007)

Die Troll, Die!

With my trusty crowbar I stab at thee!

Re:Better this... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27511197)

Faggot.

We always win.

Re:Better this... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27517065)

You'd be stepping on the toes of the pre-existing canon.

I stepped on the toes of canon by making a female character in KOTOR, and subsequently a male character in KOTOR 2. What are you going to do about it, huh?

Re:Better this... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27539799)

I don't know, Doom didn't have all THAT much story and they still ruined it...

A dedicated Hollywood corrupter can ruin anything. In Transformers they changed what Bumblebee transformed into (and if they HAD to change it, a Civic might have been more appropriate), pulled off Optimus Prime's faceplate (one of his defining features) and replaced Soundwave (the slow-talking cool-sounding Spock like villain you could actually respect unlike Megatron and Starscream) with something based on the Martians in Mars Attacks. Changing what Megatron becomes was also a major f-up, but in Hollywood's defense, there's no good reason for Megatron to turn into a pistol. (Unless he's more powerful in that form than the cannon he carries around normally.)

Look at Super Mario Brothers the movie.

How about in Mission Impossible when THE ultimate patriot becomes the bad guy?

In general, if Hollywood didn't create something, they don't respect it in the least. Looking at the repeated problems in Highlander (You're the one if you kill everyone. (1) But this can be temporarily revoked with time travel at any point (2) And you don't REALLY need to kill everyone, people buried alive are "dead" until excavated (3) and MANY MANY others can still be around, with no explanation despite you having been the "one" repeatedly. (4)) Hollywood doesn't respect itself either.

There IS no story. (5, Insightful)

MBCook (132727) | more than 5 years ago | (#27505485)

It was a great game, but there wasn't much of a story. You were trying to save your girl, and to do so you were given the task to slay eight mighty beasts. I don't think there was another person in the whole game.

It had it's ending, which was good, but the game was basically about exploring the world to see how empty it was, then the sudden thrill of the fight with a beast.

It would be nearly unfilmable, without major changes (other characters, stuff in the middle, etc). I guess you could intersperse backstory (the love story part) during the "boring" sequences (searching for the monsters) as first person narration.

But that would change the character. It would no longer be one guy against nothing, realizing that he was killing these giant amazing creatures that usually meant no harm to him. You'd lose the "why am I continuing to do this, it's horrible" part.

Good luck, you're going to need it.

With any luck, this will be cancelled during production. If not, I fear another Mario Brothers movie, only less popular.

Re:There IS no story. (1)

scubamage (727538) | more than 5 years ago | (#27505561)

Why, oh why did you invoke the super mario brothers movie? Now I'm going to have Jump For My Love stuck in my head all damn day. Don't you have any conscience?

Re:There IS no story. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27505735)

Let me help with that.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkWYP95WbbY [youtube.com]

Re:There IS no story. (1)

MozeeToby (1163751) | more than 5 years ago | (#27505939)

While I completely agree with you about it not being able to film the story as is, it should be possible to add elements while still keeping the themes alive. It'll end up being ham-handed and over the top, but it is possible.

I'm thinking something along the lines of having a colossus actually save the main character somehow, only to have the main character viciously kill the colossus seconds later. Or a colossus willingly sacrifice itself to save the girl. A movie format also gives plenty of opportunity for a good actor to show regret for his actions, even doubt over whether he should continue.

All that being said, this is a horrible, horrible idea which can only end in a movie that is either wildly different from the game or a truly pointless movie.

Re:There IS no story. (1)

Hatta (162192) | more than 5 years ago | (#27505955)

So it will be all special effects with no plot. The action sequences are the best part of any blockbuster movie anyway, the rest is just filler. Seems like a good idea to me.

Re:There IS no story. (1)

Chabo (880571) | more than 5 years ago | (#27506465)

I know /. is sick of "Obligatory XKCD" posts, but I have to post this one...

http://xkcd.com/311/ [xkcd.com]

Re:There IS no story. (1)

XxtraLarGe (551297) | more than 5 years ago | (#27506021)

It would be nearly unfilmable, without major changes (other characters, stuff in the middle, etc).

There's always the Colossi themselves. Maybe Penny Arcade can do some writing for the script. This would make a good scene. [penny-arcade.com]

Re:There IS no story. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27506043)

rtfa. Side characters. You know the dudes that came to stop him? They have some kind of secret priestly order or something. He's likely an acolyte who ran off with a forbidden relic sword. There's tons of prequel/side story to expound upon.

Re:There IS no story. (1)

Dripdry (1062282) | more than 5 years ago | (#27506185)

Unfilmable? I don't agree.

See "The Brown Bunny" for instance. A great movie with long stretches of silence. The movie should be the same as the game. Give the audience time to really *feel* about what is going on:

If the hero is so noble in saving his girl, why is this land so barren, why does he feels o lonely, what is going on and why does it feel so wrong?

Re:There IS no story. (1)

Japie_H (997237) | more than 5 years ago | (#27506459)

If the quality of "The legend of Chun-Li" is any indication then I hope they cancel it as well.
They showed that movie during the sneak-preview in the theater last night. It was dreadful. Really the most awful movie I've seen in quite a while...

But you can always hope for the best right?

Re:There IS no story. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27507161)

There is a story. The back story is not explained directly but is revealed mostly through objects and actions in the cut scenes. The player must ask questions about scenes and piece together the story. In the opening, the priest following the boy explain that there is a rumor that people can be brought back from the dead in the land boy has taken the girl but that trespassing there is forbidden. The forced questions like how did the girl die, how did the boy get the sword, what is the link between the sword and the spirit and the 16 colossi, does the boy know why he is being used, why are the spirit and the priest at odds with each other, and what are their motivations are never directly answered. The answers given by the characters in what little dialog there is may be lies. The game takes a simple story and makes it more interesting by not giving everything away. The ending leaves more questions.

Re:There IS no story. (1)

CorporateSuit (1319461) | more than 5 years ago | (#27508393)

I thought the whole point of the game was that none of that mattered to him. He was willing to cut out the heart of the very Earth if that's what it took to bring back his beloved. The lack of story was due to Wander's tunnel vision.

Re:There IS no story. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27517173)

Thought the chick was his sister.

Re:There IS no story. (1)

Daravon (848487) | more than 5 years ago | (#27508477)

What the article didn't point out is that this is going to be a low budget Bollywood movie. The movie is going to start out as a black screen. After fifteen minutes, they play some footage from a bar brawl or a UFC match. Once the match is over, the screen goes black again. Repeat 8 times. Fin.

Re:There IS no story. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27516213)

I think you'll find that's *16* mighty colossi.
Did you even finish the damn game?

Terrible movie material (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27505547)

I'm a massive SotC fan (I've got a tattoo) but the decision to turn this into a movie is daft beyond belife.

If you had to nail a genre to the game you may as well call it "ambiguous" you could write all the dialogue on a side of paper with room to spare, and character "facts" would fit happily on the back of a postage stamp.

They are basically going to have to write the thing from scratch, no doubt trampling over the games subtleties and treading on many a fan boy toe in the process. For everyone's sake it better look fucking good.

Re:Terrible movie material (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27505745)

I'm a massive SotC fan (I've got a tattoo)

Oh, well, I didn't realize a little skin ink made you a "massive fan."

You want to know what a real fan does? I have a horse in my backyard named Agro ... which turned out to be a lot more expensive than I had initially thought (stupid PETA). I have the first sigil painted on the hood of my car which also turned out to be expensive when a policeman decided it was an oversized advertisement for a game and fined me for not having the vehicle commercially registered. My license plate reads WANDER. I have painted the shadows of the colossi on the sides of my house. On weekends when I'm not at work, I only communicate in the made up language from the game. Also I have a blow up doll of Mono that I make love to every night.

Ball's in your court, "fan."

Re:Terrible movie material (1)

Toonol (1057698) | more than 5 years ago | (#27505863)

Stop arguing over SotC. I've seen fams fight before; it always ends with one guy climbing up another guy and sticking a knife in his ear.

Re:Terrible movie material (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27505909)

Stop arguing over SotC. I've seen fams fight before; it always ends with one guy climbing up another guy and sticking a knife in his ear.

You saw family members do that to each other?! Intense!

Re:Terrible movie material (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27509263)

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Re:Terrible movie material (1)

fractoid (1076465) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514187)

I have the first sigil painted on the hood of my car

Careful, or one morning your car won't start and you'll find that a squirrel has jabbed a stick into your bonnet, killing your car.

Re:Terrible movie material (1)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 5 years ago | (#27505897)

I'm a massive SotC fan (I've got a tattoo) but the decision to turn this into a movie is daft beyond belife.

The change "SotC" to "Watchmen" and that would have been the consensus view on slashdot a few months ago (or near consensus, as I and a few others were waiting for the actual movie to come out before we declared it terrible, and, by the way, told you so.)

Not that the two are very similar, but we haven't established ourselves as having very good movie crystal balls or knowing exactly what can be turned into a decent movie and what can't. That said, I doubt this will be good at all, considering they hired the guy who did the chun li terrible, terrible movie to do this one.

Re:Terrible movie material (2, Funny)

exley (221867) | more than 5 years ago | (#27506865)

I'm a massive SotC fan (I've got a tattoo)

You know, sometimes I can understand why all the "cool kids" want to beat the shit out of us dorks.

Re:Terrible movie material (2, Funny)

Daravon (848487) | more than 5 years ago | (#27508403)

It's just the ongoing Jock vs Nerd war. A few jocks ruin math by learning Algebra, so we ruin tattoos by getting video game themed ones.

Did you think guys driving crazy ass Civics with giant wings and shit on them REALLY thought they were cool? It was just some nerds shitting on the cool kids' muscle cars.

We do it all the time. Beer bashes were countered with wine tasting parties. Our love of video games was countered with the Madden series.

Way to carry the war banner AC! The nerds salute you!

Re:Terrible movie material (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27539873)

Silly looking Civics, fine. The Civics modified to roar like a race car... that's punishable by death around here. (Especially the idiots who drive them around after midnight.)

Noisy car at racetrack, the noise = power, cool.

Noisy car going 30mph in a neighborhood = broken car, disturbing the peace, noise ordinance violation after 10PM, neighbor's with pitchforks and torches marching on the driver's house.

Why does this have to happen? (3, Insightful)

seventhevening (1488225) | more than 5 years ago | (#27505653)

Why? Why? Why? Why? Why would you turn this game into a movie? The chances of this being good are virtually zero. The game was a work of art, and screwing with it is a terrible idea.

Why do they keep making video game movies? Silent Hill has been the only one that was even half-way decent. Why hasn't the public learned to just stay away from these movies?

Re:Why does this have to happen? (1)

Piata (927858) | more than 5 years ago | (#27505927)

I actually enjoyed Tomb Raider 2. It was fairly accurate to the source material (boobs, guns, action and over the top archeology) and it never took itself too seriously.

But video game movies are horrid. I could see Shadow of the Colossus making a good short film if done by a little known director that was more interested in staying true to the source material than box office earnings.

Re:Why does this have to happen? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27507653)

I think that someday video game movies will be the most popular blockbuster movies out there. Think about how popular comic book movies are now. I think they made some pretty terrible ones at first.

Shadow of the Colossus To Become a Movie (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27505669)

Seen it.

Could be great if they do it right. (1)

Dwedit (232252) | more than 5 years ago | (#27505837)

This seems like the kind of situation where you don't really need to be faithful to the original game, other than the very basic premise (walking around on huge giants). It has potential, and if they do it right, it can be gold.

Of course, there have been many failures at movies that only shared the original premise with the games (like Wing Commander).

uh...no thanks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27505839)

next up: full orchestral performance based off of 4:33

Oh no (2, Insightful)

hansamurai (907719) | more than 5 years ago | (#27505883)

The game is essentially about a boy and his horse, and the insurmountable challenges they face together. Think about that Viggo Mortensen film Hidalgo, but place it in a more lush, green world, and a whole lot less talking.

This really has me worried, I loved Shadow of the Colossus, the game was great because every boss was a whole level in itself. Whether you were climbing them or riding them or whatever, it was awesome. I don't know how a movie could capture this.

The game does not fit into the Lord of the Rings style blockbuster. It has just a few, quiet characters, a mysterious central castle, and lots of worlds to explore with just your horse. About the only thing that's similar is you could film SotC in New Zealand like LotR and there's bows and arrows.

Re:Oh no (1)

dzfoo (772245) | more than 5 years ago | (#27507433)

>> About the only thing that's similar is you could film SotC in New Zealand like LotR and there's bows and arrows.

Not true. There's also a magical sword that shines when in the presence of enemies.

        -dZ.

Try Hiring People With Talent Instead (2, Interesting)

shma (863063) | more than 5 years ago | (#27506007)

The cult boss-rush game will be adapted by Justin Marks, who also wrote the recent Chun-Li movie.

You mean the movie which has a metacritic score of 17% [metacritic.com] (tied for 89th on their bottom 100) and a rotten tomatoes score of 4% [rottentomatoes.com] ? The only way we'll ever see a proper screen adaptation of a video game is if we stop hiring talentless hacks to write the scripts.

Re:Try Hiring People With Talent Instead (1)

Sockatume (732728) | more than 5 years ago | (#27511109)

I considered just referring to it as "That Which Shall Not Be Named", but I thought it was a better played straight.

Atreyu (1)

mitchdl (941951) | more than 5 years ago | (#27506047)

Why don't they just make this movie but base it on Atreyu in Neverending Story? Similar archetype, more story to screw with, they wouldn't have to defile a standalone work of playable art... where's the downside? Just switch gears while you've got the chance, hollywood. I'd be 75% less disgruntled with a Neverending Story 5 or whatever.

Is Shadow of Collosus REALLY all that great? (1)

joeflies (529536) | more than 5 years ago | (#27506071)

I found the game to be beautiful, visually stunning, but tedious and boring. Wandering around vast landscapes to find some hidden monster was an exercise is just pushing the directional buttons and watching the CGI landscape move by in order to fight a series of boss battles.

I hope the movie makers do something better than creating a visually stunning but ultimately boring film to watch CGI landscapes.

Re:Is Shadow of Collosus REALLY all that great? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27509009)

yes

worst news ever. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27506219)

Are you suggesting that the movie from a cult classic japanese game should be made by some american that just this year created one of the worst video game based movies?
Come on!, This shouldnâ(TM)t even have passed as a joke.

Game Movie Curse (1)

topgeek (864279) | more than 5 years ago | (#27506247)

When is a video game going to make a successful transformation into a blockbuster movie? From what I've seen over the years (Wing Commander, Doom, etc.), the worst comic books still make better movies than the best video games. Maybe they should go back to simpler times and make a movie with some imagination. How about Zork The Movie? They could get Ron Perlman to play a grue.

Re:Game Movie Curse (1)

kellyb9 (954229) | more than 5 years ago | (#27506461)

When is a video game going to make a successful transformation into a blockbuster movie?

Although, I'm sure a large deal of /. community won't agree with me. Resident Evil made for a relatively popular set of movies, 4 and counting.

Re:Game Movie Curse (1)

Stormwatch (703920) | more than 5 years ago | (#27509579)

When is a video game going to make a successful transformation into a blockbuster movie?

Mortal Kombat was pretty good.

But where's Uwe Boll? (1)

Sumbius (1500703) | more than 5 years ago | (#27506489)

But where's Uwe Boll?

Wrong, wrong, wrong! (1)

BaronHethorSamedi (970820) | more than 5 years ago | (#27506639)

To a degree, I can sort of fathom the (mostly monetary) motivations that push producers to convert games into movies or movies into games. And to be fair, there are some movies that feel like video games (300, anyone?), and some video games that feel like films, so the conversion makes a sort of sense in terms of strict cost/benefit analysis.

But Shadow of the Colossus? Really?

This is a game that had only moderate popularity at release. More to the point, though, the substance of its art depended on the gameplay and on an interactive engagement with the constructed environment. As others here have pointed out, there wasn't much in the way of story or character to latch onto. *Minor spoiler alert* I mean, the most moving moment in the story is when the horse plunges into that crevasse. Even then, the effectiveness of that moment as a plot device depended a lot on the use of the horse throughout the game. As a film, what do you have? A guy on a screen (they'll have to give him a name), riding around on a horse, fighting monsters. I'm sure a lot will be invested in special effects. I'm just as sure that the investment will add precisely nothing to the artistic value of the game, which is untranslatable into a static and much less interactive medium.

Re:Wrong, wrong, wrong! (1)

Brandee07 (964634) | more than 5 years ago | (#27507009)

(they'll have to give him a name)

According to the track titles on the Soundtrack, his name is Wander, although it's pretty indicative low level of characterization when that's how you find out the name of the main character.

This was a game about gameplay. Not about a story. It won't translate to a movie format well at all.

Justin Marks is the new Uwe Boll! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27507317)

I wonder if he'll be tapped to do a World of Goo movie next...

Re:Justin Marks is the new Uwe Boll! (1)

juuri (7678) | more than 5 years ago | (#27508881)

Pretty sure there is already a porn adaptation of World of Goo... titled, well, you know the title.

Lord of the nothing (1)

FornaxChemica (968594) | more than 5 years ago | (#27507601)

the studio hopes to turn it into an LotR-style fantasy blockbuster

As if! At best it will look like Eragon [imdb.com] or Dungeons & Dragons [imdb.com] , they just need to be sure to hire poor Jeremy Irons to play one of the characters.

I'll write the script (2, Funny)

vodevil (856500) | more than 5 years ago | (#27510617)

EXT DAY WANDER: ARGO! (repeat throughout movie) The End
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