Josh Trank Talks 'Shadow of the Colossus'

Posted 10:14 AM February 10th, 2014 by Jeff Giles

Director Josh Trank has been a very busy fellow since scoring a surprise hit with the found-footage teen superhero drama Chronicle, and of the many projects on his dance card, it's seemed like the video game adaptation Shadow of the Colossus might be the one getting squeezed into development hell. But according to a new interview with Edge Online, it looks like Trank's Shadow is still standing tall.

Although he cautioned right off the bat that he "can't talk about" where the Shadow of the Colossus movie is in terms of progress, he did open up about his love for the game, saying, "I remember seeing in Variety that it had been optioned. I must have been 22 or something, and I just knew, ‘Oh my God, if somebody’s doing that, I have to somehow get in there and make sure it’s done the right way.’ It was one of the first calls I made after Chronicle came out – when I realized I could make calls about things. I was like, ‘Hey, what’s going on with that?’"

Talk turned to Trank's feelings about the development of the video game industry and how it has impacted Hollywood, and he made some interesting points -- including arguing, "I ... feel there’s a creative drought in Hollywood right now, because most of the young guys who would come in and be the next young, big directors are all in the video game industry. I think if the game industry had been what it is now in the ’80s, a lot of those great Amblin directors and people from that era would have been in games, too."

One of a handful of young talents who seems to understand how to hit the sweet spot between originality and commercial viability, Trank appears to be uniquely suited to a movie adapted from a largely dialogue-free game about a young warrior battling massive bad guys. He didn't offer much more than "We’re working on it," but that's still encouraging news.

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