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Shadow of the Colossus movie in works

Legend of Chun-Li writer to script.

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The Hollywood Reporter and Variety report that a film of Team ICO's 2005 game Shadow of the Colossus is in development at Sony Pictures.

Producer Kevin Misher is setting it up. The script is to be written by Justin Marks, who wrote the recent and widely panned Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li and a 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea remake that's in development at Disney. The Hollywood Reporter describes him as a "go-to young scribe".

Shadow of the Colossus is a beautiful, minimalist boss-rush adventure in which a young man and his sturdy horse must vanquish a series of giant stone colossi by clambering all over them and solving puzzles. It's "not an obvious candidate for a film", said Variety's Ben Fritz, inarguably.

Apparently, the producer and author are intending to flesh out "some of the characters who appear only momentarily in the game", in order to give it some dramatic interest. We're not even sure if we remember any.

According to Fritz, this hasn't stopped Sony Pictures from having sky-high ambitions for the project. "Despite the game's somewhat 'artsy' cred, they're hoping Shadow will be a Lord of the Rings-style fantasy tentpole," he said. Oh dear.

Why not turn back time to our review and remember Shadow of the Colossus the way it was supposed to be remembered?

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