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'Shadow of the Colossus' is being made into a movie: Yay! But who should direct?

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Shadowcolossusdeltorro_lThis totally made my day: The 2005 PlayStation 2 game, Shadow of the Colossus, is going to become a movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter. For those of you who have played the game, you already know why this is wonderful news. For those who haven’t, let me explain. Colossus is an adventure game in which you guide a young man and his horse through a hauntingly barren landscape in search of colossi — huge, majestic stone creatures. In order to bring your loved one (a young woman) back to life, you must destroy each of the land’s colossi, which is not an easy feat since some of them stand several stories tall.

The game’s atmosphere is hushed and introspective. Unlike other games in which you must complete dozens of side-missions and consult with a plethora of supporting characters, Colossus is extremely simple-minded in terms of your objective. But as you roam the landscape in search of your next battle, something about your surroundings (void of life, save for plants and a few lizards) starts burrowing its way into your emotions. I never wanted to leave this place, and yet with each slaughtered colossus, I felt as if I was somehow harming this world. What a powerful game.

Of course, I doubt a filmed version of Colossus will ever live up to the experience of playing the game; for instance, how is Hollywood going to fill all those sparse passages of silent wandering? I hope they don’t replace the game’s sense of exploration with additional action scenes, but you know they probably will. It all depends on the director Sony chooses, and I have only one suggestion: Guillermo del Toro.

I suggest Del Toro because of a specific hour-long interview he did with blogger Jeffrey Wells last June. Del Toro gushed to Wells, unprompted, about his specific love for Colossus. “It’s a gorgeous piece of storytelling,” Del Toro said. “Absolutely immersive, beautiful, and poetic. Colossus actually has, I think, the most engaging storyline and the most engaging, intelligent gameplay in many, many years.” I cannot think of a director who better understands the unique charms of videogames, and one whose own sensibilities are so perfectly in sync with Colossus. Alas, Del Toro is tied up until at least 2012 with the two Hobbit movies, but I don’t mind. I can wait. Sony, you gotta make this happen.

PopWatchers, are you with me? Could there possibly be any director more appropriate than Del Toro for this movie? Should this movie even be made? Discuss.

addCredit(“Guillermo del Toro: Jeff Vespa/WireImage.com”)

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