Update 8/31/2012: Corrections have been made to the article
Metal Gear was among the other big franchises that teased its audiences about making movie. Some have clamored to get Hideo Kojima to direct it himself. At one point, the project moved forward then died. Now it’s back.
Today, Konami stated that the movie is back on. And this time, there are real players involved. Metal Gear Solid now has the backing of Columbia Pictures with Avi Arad producing, which had more success with comic book properties than video game IPs. Arad was responsible for producing the trilogies of Blade, X-Men and Spider Man.
Most recently, his last filmography entry was the recently successful Amazing Spider Man, however his last video game movie he’s taken to the big screen was Double Dragon back in 1993.
At today’s Metal Gear Anniversary event in Tokyo, photos show banners with the slogan “Metal Gear Solid Hollywood Movie”, along with the Columbia Pictures logo. Columbia Pictures is, of course, owned by Sony Pictures. During the stage presentation, Hideo Kojima confirmed its existence but is still piles of papers and red tape away from going into pre-production.
Arad’s first video game adaptation. He’s also been attached to the Uncharted and Mass Effect movie versions—movies that have not gotten made. Some of his greatest success, however, has been in bringing Marvel comics to the silver screen.
In the past, Arad has also attempted at bringing other game properties such as Mass Effect, inFAMOUS and Uncharted. “For many years I fought to bring comics to theaters,” said Arad standing next to Kojima. Comic books are now biggest genre in cinema.”
“Video games are the comic books of today,” continued Arad. ”We will take our time and tell the story with all the nuances, ideology, cautionary tales needed.’
During the stage presentation, Kojima showed tremendous enthusiasm about some of his favorite films released by Columbia while name dropping some of his favorite Hollywood actors like Matt Damon, Hugh Jackman, and Ben Affleck while putting Christopher Nolan on his pedestal of great filmmakers.
“We’ll tell these actors and directors who you want, and maybe they’ll do it for nothing,” Arad quipped.
Arad also said that so many actors in Hollywood would love to play these characters due to the emotional depth they offer.
The Metal Gear movie has been talked about as far back as 2008. During that time, Michael De Luca of Boogie Nights and Wag the Dog fame was on board as producer. At that time, De Luca said the aim was this: “Not mess with the DNA of the game but provide a movie that is an adaptation but that has it’s own cinematic identity so even if you don’t play the game you know, you’ll come out of that movie feeling like you did at the end of The Matrix or the end of Robocop.”
The project fell through thanks to a disagreement over budget and Konami wanted a big budget production. Now, a bigger budget seems to be likely and as for who would be the man behind the camera, that remains to be seen, much less the actors involved. So when can we expect this new Metal Gear movie in theaters? It sounds a little too early and it could be several years off—that is, if it actually gets made.
But hey, at least they have Ari.
Via »The Guardian