After years of die-hard Metal Gear Solid fans asking for the spy-espionage title to hit the silver screen, the guys at Konami have finally listened and announced the game-to-film project is in production. The big news was revealed at the Metal Gear Solid 25th Anniversary event in Tokyo, with Hideo Kojima confirming the film is in production and that Avi Arad will be producing the project. Arad was previously linked with the Uncharted and Mass Effect film versions, but is still well-respected for his work with the superheros of the Marvel universe. It’s funny, when we asked Kojima about this very thing when we got a chance to interview him earlier this year he played coy, but it looks like our gut was right.
Arad was present as the announcement was made and stated, “For many years I fought to bring comics to theaters, comic books are now biggest genre in cinema and video games are the comic books of today. We will take our time and tell the story with all the nuances, ideology, cautionary tales needed” Kojima also talked about his favorite films from Columbia Pictures who are backing the project, he also talked bout his favorite actors, such as Matt Damon, Hugh Jackman, and Ben Affleck and citing Christopher Nolan as his favorite director – maybe dropping hints on who might be attached to the film.
Previous attempts at bringing Solid Snake to the big screen ultimately fell apart due to Kojima’s concerns over a low-budget not doing the series justice. With Columbia Pictures backing them, a well written script and the right cast, it could set itself apart from the usual mediocre game-to-film attempts. We will be waiting with bells on any more information released about the project, so stay tuned.
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