There are a number of entries for some to what is the greatest video game of all time but the best video game film is a completely different kettle of consoles, mainly because there hasn't really been one that wowed audiences. Sure, the Resident Evil films have made a bundle (with one final zombie shoot-session planned for next year) but they didn't turn that many heads. Hopes should be reaching monstrous new highs then with news that Sony have just found their director to adapt the incredible and highly original classic, Shadow of the Colossus.
Much like the games hero, the studio has been battling to get this giant brute to the big screen ever since 2009, following its huge praise and barrage of awards upon its release in 2005. It almost seemed like they were getting there as well when it was rumoured that Chronicle and Fantastic Four director, Josh Trank was circling the project but what with him being busy with stretchy superheroes of late, the job has now fallen into the lap of Andres Muschietti who will handle things from here on out. The name should ring a bell considering that this is the same Muschietti that introduced the world to that googley-eyed ghoul known as Mama which also marked his directorial debut.
For those that missed out, the game saw you in the brave and determined shoes of Wander, a hero who travelled his land taking down gigantic, mysterious beasts in the hope of reviving the woman he loves. It was stunning and strange and just a wonderful bit of gaming that put the 'joy' back in joypad and is an interesting venture for the man that gave us that crazy dead lass with mother issues.
In a statement from the studio President of Production, Michael De Luca said, "We knew we had our director once we heard Andy's take on the material – it was genius." De Luca then went on to say that Andres "has a strong vision for the film and its characters, and seeks to translate the immersive game experience into a film that stays true to the human story of a young man attempting to save his lost love by accomplishing a seemingly impossible task ... the destruction of the colossi who roam the forbidden land."
It's certainly a different monster from Mama and will undoubtedly have a much bigger budget behind it, what do you think though? Is Muschietti the right man for the job? Or would you have preferred someone else to stand in the Shadow of the Colossus? Sound off in the comments below.