I’m convinced Josh Trank may be the best thing to come out of the found-footage genre, as the Chronicle director has some great ideas in his head, and even exploited that genre in a one-off way I really appreciated. I wouldn’t say him signing on to direct a long-gestating video game adaptation is exactly “exciting” news, but it’s definitely intriguing, if only for the choice of property.¬†Fumito Ueda’s Shadow of the Colossus is the target of this deal, and it will put Trank in the director’s chair and put him on the lookout for a new screenwriter to adapt it for him.

Trank is said to be involved with a number of comic book properties in Hollywood — a Fantastic Four reboot he won’t talk about, and a Venom spinoff that is even more hushed — but apparently he was the driving force behind this deal, so who knows where it will fall in his schedule.

I’ve always been a voyeur gamer more than an active participant in the culture, but I definitely enjoyed watching both Shadow of the Colossus (and its spiritual successor Ico), and love the artful way it subverts the adventure game experience while simultaneously providing a great one that is essentially 100% boss battles. The issue comes with trying to turn this idea into a functioning narrative, even if there’s a built-in misty aesthetic that will work well on screen. It’s a screenwriting task I don’t envy.

If Trank has an inspired idea of how to pull this off though, I’d MUCH rather see this gain traction than either of his superhero flicks. You?

Source | Deadline (via /Film)