It’s seemed like a long time since we’ve heard anything substantive about a Metal Gear Solid movie. But progress is being made my friends! And it seems that that’s thanks to a man who knows what’s it like to get impossible film projects off the ground and out of development hell.
MGS creator Hideo Kojima confirmed that the project was in the works during a Metal Gear anniversary event in Tokyo. Apparently, there were banners everywhere that read “Metal Gear Solid Hollywood Movie” and they had the Columbia Pictures logo on it. Kojima also announced that former CEO of Marvel Studios Avi Arad will be producing the project.
Arad related the effort to bring an MGS film to the big screen with his previous efforts getting movies based on Marvel characters made adding that, ”video games are the comic books of today.” Arad went on to say that they “will take our time and tell the story with all the nuances, ideology, cautionary tales needed.”
Metal Gear Solid was created for Playstation in 1998 and between the original game and its various sequels has sold over 20 million copies. The game follows Solid Snake, a retired soldier who infiltrates a nuclear weapons disposal facility to neutralize the terrorist threat from FOXHOUND, a renegade special forces unit.
Arad was remained active on Marvel films since leaving the studio in the hands of Kevin Feige, his last two Marvel projects were the hit Amazing Spider-Man and the flop Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. He’s also a producer on the Mass Effect movie, and the Uncharted and Pac-Man adaptations.
No word yet on a director for the project, but Kojima has already eliminated one potential directorial choice: Uwe Boll. “It’s impossible we’d ever do a movie with him,” he said. Bonus.
More news as it develops.