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Josh Trank to Stand in the Shadow of the Colossus

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http://www.deadline.com/2012/05/chronicle-helmer-josh-trank-takes-on-shadow-of-the-colossus-for-sony-pictures/

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Josh Trank to Stand in the Shadow of the ColossusIf you have ever played the Sony video game Shadow of the Colossus, then you already know one thing: It’s all about the monsters. Giant-sized mountainous behemoths the likes of which few could imagine. One of the few… Chronicle director Josh Trank.

Deadline reports that Trank has signed with Sony Pictures to develop and direct Shadow of the Colossus, a big scale live action adaptation of the bestselling Sony videogame. The film is being produced by Kevin Misher. The studio is interviewing writers to work with Trank, who after directing the $13 million sleeper hit Chronicle has become the go-to guy for big popcorn pictures. Trank takes on the Fumito Ueda-created game that has a strong narrative arc along with the obligatory creature quotient to get the visual effects crowd excited.

The protagonist is a young man who thinks his lover has died. Desperate to bring her back, he heads into a forbidden land and summons a demon who can wake the dead. The price for bringing back his girl: slay 16 colossi that dominate this mystical place. These are skyscraper-sized giants that rise from the ground, fly through the air, and come from the water. As the young man works through his quest on horseback, he begins to wonder if he is on a noble pursuit to bring back his lover or perhaps has made a deal with the devil and is being used.

Trank has been a fan of the game since it launched in 2005 and sought out the job.

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