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“Shadow of the Colossus” film adaptation gains Seth Lochhead as a writer

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Ask someone whether video games can be considered art, and they’ll likely point you in the direction of the 2005 PlayStation 2 game “Shadow of the Colossus.” Though games like “Journey” have since followed in its footsteps, “Colossus” truly was a trendsetter at the time by putting a dark twist on the classic “Legend of Zelda”-style adventure games consumers have come to love.

The story is fairly straightforward: A man named Wanderer must defeat 16 creatures known as colossi to resurrect a girl named Mono. He rides his horse, Agro, around the Forbidden Land and is forced to defeat the creatures by a finding their weak points and felling them. Though the game doesn’t explain much of its context, there is clearly a lot of story in “Shadow of the Colossus” that can be implied.

The fact that it is so seemingly simple is part of the game’s charm, which is why it’s somewhat disheartening to learn that an adaptation of the tale is being made for the big screen. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Seth Lochhead is writing the screenplay for the movie, which is set to be directed by “Chronicle’s” Josh Trank. Lochhead is best known for co-writing “Hanna” based on his original concept.

Though video game film adaptations seem like they could be on the rise, there are too many franchises that have been felled on their journey to the big screen for us to really get behind this one. Some things just shouldn’t be messed with, and “Shadow of the Colossus” is one, especially if Lochhead tries to add exposition to the story that wasn’t already in the game. We don’t know Mono is, and part of why we love “Shadow of the Colossus” is because we don’t want to know.

Are you as turned off by the idea of a “Shadow of the Colossus” movie as we are? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Spirit Guide

Check Out the Spirit Awards Nominees for Best Male and Female Leads

Catch the 2016 Spirit Awards live Feb. 27th at 5P ET/2P PT on IFC.

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From Jason Segel’s somber character study of author David Foster Wallace, to Brie Larson’s devastating portrayal of a mother in captivity, the 2016 Spirit Awards nominees for Best Male and Female Leads represent the finest in the year of film acting. Take a look at the Best Male and Female Leads in action, presented by Jaguar.

Best Male Lead 

Christopher Abbott, James White
Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation
Ben Mendelsohn, Mississippi Grind
Jason Segel, The End of the Tour
Koudous Seihon, Mediterranea

Watch more Male Lead nominee videos here.

Best Female Lead 

Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Rooney Mara, Carol
Bel Powley, The Diary of A Teenage Girl
Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Tangerine

Watch more Female Lead nominee videos here.

“Fantastic Four” remake gets 2015 release date

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Marvel has the next three years mapped out with its superhero releases, and now other studios are following suit. Fox’s planned “Fantastic Four” remake that will be directed by Josh Trank is now slated to be released in 2015.

ERC Box Office has the news that “Fantastic Four” will come out March 6, 2015. That’s the same year as “The Avengers 2,” “Justice League,” “Star Wars: Episode VII” and “Ant-Man.” Basically, we have to wait three more years for another year as jam-packed with nerd-friendly movies as this one was.

This “Fantastic Four” movie will be a complete reboot from the 2005 Tim Story movie and its sequel. Though those were more silly than they were serious superhero fare, it seems fair to assume that Trank will bring the same levity he had in “Chronicle” to “Fantastic Four.”

Thus far there have been no casting announcements for “Fantastic Four,” but our guess is that they will come soon. The first movie starred Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Ioan Gruffudd and Michael Chiklis, all of whom were relatively well known at the time. Hopefully this film, now coming out a decade after the original “Fantastic Four” movie, stars some more up-and-coming actors so that it’s not as weighed down by their celebrity and previous works as the 2005 movie was.

In speaking about the decision to have Trank act as director, Fox’s Marvel creative consultant Mark Miller expressed some major excitement. “[Hiring Trank] could just not be more different than the first ‘Fantastic Four’ movie from what I’ve seen so far,” he said. “Even just as a fan, I’m very, very excited by the level of talent they have on the directors side of things.”

What do you hope is different about this version of “Fantastic Four”? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

X-Files Movie as a Swedish Movie

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See What The X-Files Would Look Like as a Swedish Film

Catch the X-Files movies Saturday, January 23rd starting at 12:15P ET/11:15 PT on IFC.

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For all its strengths, The X-Files is largely lacking in morose soliloquies pinned by existential ennui. So we decided to grab the Bergman by the horns and remedy the issue. Through simple, everyday teutonic voiceover and apiary symbolism, the Swedish version of Mulder and Scully represents the angst-ridden government agents-slash-nihilists we all wish them to be. Is Mulder searching for his sister…or his soul? The truth is out there.

Check out what The X-Files would look like as an expressionist Swedish film below. And be sure to catch The X-Files: Fight the Future and The X-Files: I Want to Believe this month on IFC.

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