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Is This It? Is This The Video Game Movie We've Been Waiting For?

By TK Burton | Industry | January 9, 2013 |

By TK Burton | Industry | January 9, 2013 |

Oh, the dreaded video game movie. So many choices. So many adaptations. So much absolute garbage. Inevitably, because Dustin is a horrible person without a shred of soul left, I get stuck reviewing them, so I can tell you first hand that the suckage of video game adaptations is relentless, consistent, and after a while, simply soul-crushing. Hollywood puts next to no effort into them, to the point where we find ourselves vehemently defending films like the first Silent Hill even though we know that it was, at best, OK.

The thing is, I can live with lousy adaptations of the Resident Evil franchise. It’s not really a truly great franchise (if I’m being honest, Resident Evil 4 is the only game in the series that I’ve ever truly enjoyed). Same with Mortal Kombat — I’ve never been particularly invested in the franchise, so I don’t care quite as much that the movies are junk. But when you get to the properties that I like — not only do I like, but that are genuinely intense, brilliantly written works of near-art — if not actual art — the sting is a lot more bitter. I can live with crappy adaptations of Alone In The Dark, but when I hear scary news about Uncharted or Mass Effect, I get palpitations.

Which brings us to Shadow Of The Colossus, one of the true genuinely emotionally affecting (and at times quite tragic), gorgeous, and wholly engrossing games out there. Quite frankly, it might be one of the best video games ever made. Released in 2005 for the PS2, it chronicled the tale of a young boy who must do battle with 16 massive supernatural creatures in order to save the life of a girl. It is one of the rare games that I truly find to be a work of art. And it’s getting adapted, so I’m automatically terrified.

BUT WAIT. There’s news, and it’s good news. Josh Trank, who directed the wonderfully surprising Chronicle, has been tapped to direct, and now Seth Lochhead has been hired to write the script. Seth Lochhead isn’t a terribly well-known writer, with only one feature title to his resume, but it’s Hanna, which makes him a name worth noticing. It also makes this potentially good news. It would be nice to finally get a video game adaptation that I don’t have to defend (*cough*originalResidentEvil*cough), and rather one that is just a good movie, full stop. The other side of the coin is that this game in particular is an incredible challenge to bring to life. So we’ll just have to see what happens.

For your entertainment, here’s the trailer for PS3 re-release the game:

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TK Burton is the Editorial Director. You may email him here or follow him on Twitter.