'Metal Gear' Movie Resurfaces With Avi Arad Producing
There was talk of bring the Metal Gear video game to the big screen as far back as 2008, if not earlier. At the time Michael De Luca was attached to produce the movie for Sony Pictures and Kurt Wimmer was one of the writers he was eyeing to write the screenplay and to possibly direct it as well.
Things didn't work out and the movie fell apart.
The movie adaptation is far from dead, though, and is getting a second chance at life with Avi Arad on board to produce the movie for Sony Pictures.
The game's creator Hideo Kojima revealed at Konami's 25th Metal Gear Anniversary event in Tokyo that the movie is back on, with Arad producing.
While no further details were announced, Arad was there on stage with Kojima and had this to say about the movie:
“We will take our time and tell the story with all the nuances, ideology, cautionary tales needed.”
Back then, the movie reportedly fell apart because there was a disagreement over the budget: Konami, the game's publisher, wanted a budget for the movie that Sony Pictures was uncomfortable with.
With the success of the comic book movies, the studio is probably willing to pump more money into the Metal Gear adaptation this time around.
“For many years I fought to bring comics to theaters. Comic books are now biggest genre in cinema. Video games are the comic books of today,” Arad said at the event.
The game series centers on an elite field operative named Solid Snake whose mission is to infiltrate terrorist organizations and take out those responsible for disrupting the world's order.