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Shadow Of The Colossus Movie: Encouraging Update

Yes, the remake is coming in the ICO & Shadow of the Colossus Collection. But were you aware of the film...?

Misher Films executive producer Kevin Ping Chang recently spoke to Play Til Doomsday about the project, which seems to be coming along nicely. After confirming that he has "played through it multiple times," Chang confirmed Team ICO boss Fumito Ueda's input on the movie, and talked about how they're going about following the game's structure.

"For Colossus, beyond the cinematic quality of having Wander battling these sixteen colossi, we have to effectively translate that into a narrative that people are going to want to watch for two hours. Without getting into the specifics of the script, that's a big challenge, especially for something so stark.

One of the struggles of the game is that it is very episodic in nature, similar to the seven exes from Scott Pilgrim. Not that I don't respect the Scott Pilgrim source material, but watching the movie, I felt it sort of dragged along. Those are some of the pitfalls that we have to be careful to avoid. So these colossi battles need to be very significant, they can't just be one after the other, there has to be something learned from them."

Chang said that "Sony Japan is very involved right now" and they keep Ueda "up to date as necessary." The best part about this whole interview is the following lines-

"When we feel like we're comfortable with the product,l we'll approach him [Ueda] and ask, 'is this something that speaks to your vision and inspiration?' I think people realize the value of having the creator's involvement more nowadays. They obviously know the material the best."

Exactly correct. Now we're excited about the movie. Chang also said that if the SotC film is a success, they'd "love" to bring ICO to the big screen as well. For our part, we still say a product like Shadow of the Colossus is best experienced in the interactive entertainment medium, but if done correctly, we acknowledge the film could be pretty amazing.

Related Game(s): Shadow of the Colossus

Tags: sotc, shadow of the colossus, sotc movie, colossus movie

9/23/2010 10:48:32 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (47 posts)

TheUglyBassist
Thursday, September 23, 2010 @ 11:10:22 AM
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Nice. I never played the game but I think once the re-release is out, I'm going to have to give it a playthrough.

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McClane
Thursday, September 23, 2010 @ 3:41:40 PM

Me neither, never played it but I keep hearing and reading good things about these two games, so I'll buy them when they're released...

On the other hand, this just proves that Hollywood is running out of ideas or they're too lazy to come up with something original...

I did like Silent Hill and Prince Of persia as motion pictures though...

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Kiryu
Thursday, September 23, 2010 @ 11:14:41 AM
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If they keep the same soundtrack and feel of the game then i'm in!

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FullmetalX10
Thursday, September 23, 2010 @ 11:24:45 AM
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Since they're making a movie out of it, question: will it be CGI or fo' real?

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coverton341
Thursday, September 23, 2010 @ 11:28:01 AM

For real with Jake Gillenwhatthehellever.

I would carpet bomb Hollywood. Just sayin'

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Lotusflow3r
Thursday, September 23, 2010 @ 11:25:13 AM
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F*CK NO!!!

No way!!

They will destroy it and Ueda won't be able to fully have his voice heard because once production starts, you don't matter, money does.

If they do, i will bomb hollywood. I can't believe he put that Scott Vs the world sh*t in the same sentence as SOTC.....THAT tells you what he watches and where his minds at. It will be butchered.

He will make it as an eye candy, young man battles huge monsters nonsense film.

It will have english dialogue instead of the bizarre language spoke in game and a well known lead instead of an unknown, they matched the mystery of the concept and having english and a known cast would destroy atmosphere. It will be uptempo and have terrible one liners, opposing the slow, quiet, silent game. Dramatic OTT orchestral score opposing the haunting, mellow one in game that matches the atmosphere and oddity of it all. I can see Brad Pitt as Wanda doing flips off the horse onto the colossus!

I could go on and on and on.

I watched as Silent Hill got butchered, upsetting the creators....if i see this one go too, i will slaughter any twat in a suit i see at Hollywood!

This is too deep and artistic for Hollywood. They only see big monsters in it. It's not a Hollywood product.

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coverton341
Thursday, September 23, 2010 @ 11:30:22 AM

Lol, want to bomb Hollywood together? We'll make a day of it and after words we can urinate on Uwe Boll.

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sawao_yamanaka
Thursday, September 23, 2010 @ 12:25:25 PM

Silent hill didn't get butchered and the creators did not get upset. It wasn't even a "hollywood" movie. Christophe gans is not american geez.

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main_event05
Thursday, September 23, 2010 @ 3:43:29 PM

silent hill was, IMO, pretty spot on. they took a few liberties with the story but the result wasn't something that was completely foreign. the only thing i didn't like was that little girl. I'm actually hoping the sequel gets around to getting made.

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sawao_yamanaka
Thursday, September 23, 2010 @ 3:51:02 PM

Exactly! Main_event I agree about the little girl but the film as it was, it was great. Sucks Gans won't be involved in making it. I know he was a bigger fan of silent hill 2 but they told him to make the 1st in the story. He was also working on onimusha but he dropped out of the project sadly enough.

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Lotusflow3r
Thursday, September 23, 2010 @ 7:55:16 PM

I can guarantee you, the Silent Hill movie was a total insult. Hop onto any hardcore SH forum and you'll see the same....and Akira is not the entire team ;)

The movie is 90% off point, absolutely awful.

LOL and just because Christophe isn't American, doesn't mean it ain't hollywood! He was making the movie on a Hollywood bugget for a Hollywood company called Sony Pictures....it's a total modern Hollywood film and it shows.

I could go on for hours about how they went wrong. Anyone familiar with me knows i'm a hardcore Team Silent SH follower and study the originals like it's the last thing i'm gonna do. BELIEVE me, the film was a total mess. A complete dumb down.
Same reason applied, Silent Hill is too artistic for Hollywood.

@coverton341
Please. The more the better.

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sawao_yamanaka
Thursday, September 23, 2010 @ 9:05:06 PM

Considering I have collected most of their games. I don't consider the new games that were not created by them part of the silent hill history. The film was good and I have followed team silent religiously until they became team siren. I go to imdb and quite a few people agree that the film was great as good as any game to film can get. Christophe gans kept getting input from all of them, he also stated if the film was bad he would not make it, and saying that the film was 90% off is bogus.

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main_event05
Thursday, September 23, 2010 @ 9:29:30 PM

Aside from the lead being a female instead of a male, what else was wrong?

Homecoming was a bigger "insult" than the movie was.

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BigBoss4ever
Friday, September 24, 2010 @ 12:44:01 AM

@ lotus
I agree and fully understand ur hate with passion.

In general, any game based movie will ruin the game and the movie too, see the spirit with in, dragon ball, do a, resident evil, silent hill. And vise versa

It's so sad everywhere it's all about money. But please do not taint Ueda and Kojima

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main_event05
Friday, September 24, 2010 @ 1:21:17 AM

How'd the Spirit Within ruin anything? 1)it was a kick ass movie and 2) as far as i know it wasn't an adaptation of a FF game. Just like most FF games were related in name alone, so was the movie.

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Lotusflow3r
Friday, September 24, 2010 @ 7:50:29 AM

BigBoss, exactly.

MainEvent, backing up Spirits Whithin tells me all.

Silent Hill the movie was not even a good film on it's own, nevermind being related to one of the deepest and artistic experiences ever in game.

I do agree the Homecoming crap was ANOTHER insult.

sawao_yamanaka, "Team Siren" only has a couple of the Team Silent members. And a female lead hasn't got anything to do with it going wrong.....truly understanding Silent Hill will allow you to see what went wrong. I shown my lady, who has no gaming interest, but huge interest in arthouse cinema and is an independent movie contributor, Silent Hill 2 and she said that she had seen something truly inspiring. Truly deep and extremely artistic with an unrivalled atmosphere.
Showing her the Hollywood film, she cringed the entire time at it's awfulness and said it felt nothing like what she had seen in game. She said it was an awful horror (horror being a key word at how it went wrong) film. This is an educated outsiders input, it tells you the opposing mindsets of the game and film.

I can make one gigantic list of why it's wrong, i can do it in PM if you want. Any Silent Hill in any form after 4 is not a Silent Hill as far as i'm concerned. I choose to ignore them...but it still hurts to see what is being done.

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main_event05
Friday, September 24, 2010 @ 3:17:49 PM

ericjhinton is my yahoo ID. I'm always online.

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Lairfan
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 9:53:48 PM

Dude, all you ever talk about is how everything is "eye candy" if it isn't unique, or in this case if its a Hollywood adaptation of a game. Now I know that they don't have the best track record with such things, but for God's sake at least think about it rationally before you go about saying its going to be a man fighting monsters with "eye candy" all over the place.

Btw, did you even read the article? Doesn't sound like the director's doing that at all. Also, stop using the term "eye candy"; its getting really annoying, especially in the context you use it in (aka, "Waah! This game isn't completely original. EYE CANDY!!!!!").

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gumbi
Thursday, September 23, 2010 @ 11:25:38 AM
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If the movie has to happen then yes, this is encouraging. But I'm still terribly concerned about this film. There's a big part of me that's saying 'Just leave it alone!'

No doubt that if done correctly this could be an amazing film, epic in the truest sense of the word... but that's a really really big IF, an 'IF' that I'm quite concerned about them taking a chance on with one of my favourite games/stories of all time.

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Kokushi
Thursday, September 23, 2010 @ 11:54:36 AM
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Get Peter Jackson to make the movie or Guillermo del Toro.

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tridon
Thursday, September 23, 2010 @ 12:11:34 PM
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Being that this is being written by the same guy who wrote last year's Street Fighter film, I try to stay UNAWARE regarding the SotC film.

In all seriousness though, I have the complete outline for a GOOD Shadow of the Colossus film at home. Feel free to call me up, Sony. I'll sell it to you for nothing as long as it means we all get a good SotC flick.

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BTNwarrior
Thursday, September 23, 2010 @ 12:27:19 PM
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I just cant see this being a movie, mainly because i just cant see how they could make a compelling story for it that would work in a 2 hour timeframe

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SvenMD
Thursday, September 23, 2010 @ 12:34:10 PM
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I just don't see how it would work.

This game had a main character that never said anything, a girl, and then 16 colossi.... How do you make a movie out of that and keep it in line with the nature of the game??

I don't want to watch someone else battle colossi - I want to do it.

It would be awesome if they pulled it off; but it just seems like it's not the right type of game for a movie in my opinion.

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Snaaaake
Thursday, September 23, 2010 @ 9:25:26 PM

Wander never said anything?
He did!!!

Such as, "AGRO!! AGRO!! AGRO!!!"
Well, that's it lol.

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BikerSaint
Thursday, September 23, 2010 @ 12:35:26 PM
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I'm torn about this.

On one hand I'd love to see the movie if it's done right.

But I don't want it made at all if it winds up unfaithful to the integrity & vision of the game.

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godsman
Thursday, September 23, 2010 @ 1:05:29 PM
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I have been living under a rock. How come I haven't heard about this movie at all? BTW is it made in Japan with japanese characters? If it's in Hollywood, I'm sure they'll choose the wrong cast, making it a Clash of the Titan movie.

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Amazingskillz
Thursday, September 23, 2010 @ 1:14:05 PM
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Was the game even any good?

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SvenMD
Thursday, September 23, 2010 @ 1:26:28 PM

WHAT!?!?

haha just get the collection when it comes out and find out for yourself...

But, yeah...it was awesome. Especially at the time that it came out.

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Snaaaake
Thursday, September 23, 2010 @ 9:24:28 PM

It's a game that's sure to be a nominee for game of the decade.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, September 23, 2010 @ 2:35:28 PM
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He's comparing it to Scott Pilgrim, lol.

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TEG3SH
Thursday, September 23, 2010 @ 2:47:06 PM
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That would be the stupidest most boring movie ever, What will be the movie all about???// the game was awesome because u get immersed by all the artistic design involved but how will that be portrayed in a movie!! I guess i'll have to wait and see 0_o

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, September 23, 2010 @ 4:23:14 PM

I assume they will attach some sort of narrative to it.

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sirbob6
Thursday, September 23, 2010 @ 4:01:12 PM
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If they mess it up I will go Postal on Hollywood and not the Uwe Boll one. Anyways I am not sure how well the game would translate to a film. Maybe a Lord of the Rings trilogy style or just make it 3 hours long, I can wait.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, September 23, 2010 @ 4:56:51 PM
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Anyone else notice that in "Reign Over Me" Adam Sandler always gets it wrong and calls it "Shadows of the Colossus"?

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SvenMD
Thursday, September 23, 2010 @ 8:59:22 PM

Haha yeah I did too. But I looked past it because it almost the ONLY movie where someone is playing a Sony machine instead of another console.

Good movie too.

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wakkaoaka
Thursday, September 23, 2010 @ 7:03:52 PM
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oh wow... it doesn't seem like that long ago when I was struggling to find ICO to buy. Now we get HD + 3D remakes of both, and potential two awesome movies?! and then we get the last guardian, and maybe a movie for that too...

*Drooooool*

I just hope they pull it off.

Fingers crossed.

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Oyashiro
Thursday, September 23, 2010 @ 8:51:11 PM
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I can see it now... Shadow of the Colossus starring Shia LaBeouf.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, September 23, 2010 @ 9:11:34 PM

NOOOOOOOOOOO

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main_event05
Thursday, September 23, 2010 @ 9:34:25 PM

How about Shadow of the Colossus starring....main_event05??

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Snaaaake
Thursday, September 23, 2010 @ 9:22:46 PM
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Will they write their own story?

SoTC didn't had any story, it's like the whole game is dedicated to fighting the Colossus.(not that it's a bad thing though)

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FxTales
Thursday, September 23, 2010 @ 9:54:26 PM
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The question is how many colossi battles will they fit into the film. I know he used Scott Pilgrim but we all know he used it for emphasis only.

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Fane1024
Saturday, September 25, 2010 @ 5:05:16 PM

I'd bet there will be a montage (Mon Tage!) in the middle.

Sixteen fights would be either tedious or rushed.

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sawao_yamanaka
Thursday, September 23, 2010 @ 11:27:52 PM
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I liked scott pilgrim (comics,games and film). Anyways there was a story SOTC. He was trying to revive his lady love.

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___________
Friday, September 24, 2010 @ 3:49:22 AM
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film?
oh god no, the last thing i want is to see Hollywood sh*t all over this like they did to my poor MK!
looks like the uncharted movies is put on indefinite hold too, since the producer just recently left.

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RebelJD
Friday, September 24, 2010 @ 5:44:52 PM
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More movies, all the better.

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Lawless SXE
Friday, September 24, 2010 @ 5:49:45 PM
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I think that they should tone down the colossi so that's maybe five or six. That way, they could focus more on each individual one, rather than spreading sixteen across two hours. Really, if done right, it could be fantastic. It could be a Best Picture winner if done right. More likely than not though, it'll be butchered and Wander will be slaying them to prove he's a big tough man to the girl.

Eh, pessimism always gets me in the city. The remakes will be great though. Can't wait.
Peace.

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Nerull
Sunday, September 26, 2010 @ 6:42:43 PM
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I don't see how a movie could make 16 straight-up boss battles seem like learning experiences or whatever when the game itself didn't even try for that.
Don't get me wrong it was awesome gameplay-wise for its time but of all the game-movie concepts floating around nowadays why pick one that barely even has a story?
Must save random princess/perfect gf, must kill giant bosses because the evil mumbling tells me to with a total of 2 supporting events, one of which being the ending with no english in the whole paragraph of dialogue found in the game.
There's tonnes of games with better stories or at the very least more adaptable ones.

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