Former vice president of Konami Digital Entertainment and creator of the Metal Gear series (among many other titles), Hideo Kojima‘s contract with Konami has officially expired. Sad news as this may be, it’s by no means the end for Kojima. Sony Playstation has since announced that they will be working with Kojima’s independent company: Kojima Productions. The video game designer/screenwriter/director/producer actually founded Kojima Productions back in 2005 as a subsidary of Konami, but following a company restructure at Konami it became temporarily defunct. Kojima Productions will now be restored by Kojima as an independent studio, and the game franchise he’s developing with Playstation will be the “new” studio’s first title. (more…)
Since it began tumbling around in Hollywood’s dryer back in 2007, the Metal Gear Solid film has experienced some peaks and valleys in its journey to actual production. People have come and gone and the project even completely fell off the radar for most. Hell, even the game series itself is facing its biggest challenge yet with the heavily rumored departure of its leading man Hideo Kojima. Now, perhaps due to the highly anticipated Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain‘s impending release, Sony has restarted the project’s engine with a new screenwriter on deck to pen Snake’s cinema infiltration. (more…)
When gaming titan Hideo Kojima announced to his family and friends that he wanted a career in video games, they gave him that stern look of disapproval that I’ve seen way too often myself. An economics major at the time, Kojima was a gamer and felt that he could make a fulfilling life for himself in the industry. When those who loved him didn’t believe in him, he turned a dream into a dream job. The rest of the story is well known to fans, and everyone else should look no further than his stellar ‘Metal Gear Solid’ series. And we’ve got the trailer for his upcoming entry ‘Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain’ as well as his tag team effort with crazy filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro: ‘Silent Hills.’ Clickity click! (more…)
Yet another video game movie is making its way slowly through the production process. This time around, Metal Gear Solid, which has been in the works for some time. Avi Arad (of X-Men and Spider-Man fame) is set to produce the new film and Hideo Kojima, the brains behind the massive franchise, will be acting in a supervisory role.
Talking recently at the Eurogamer Expo in London, Kojima had a few things to say about the upcoming project. He stated that Solid Snake will indeed be the protagonist for the film. He also mentioned that he’s changed his mind a bit on who he’d like to see filling that role. At first Kojima wanted Hugh Jackman on the roster, but has since reconsidered.
If I talk to much about this Avi might get mad at me, but after thinking about it more, it’s probably better to go for someone new, a rising star, someone who hasn’t been typecast before as a particular kind of character, so that’s the route we’re going right now. Avi is very good at finding these people, and I think we can find someone who can make it big and have Solid Snake be their break into the movie industry.
So it looks like they’ll be fishing for fresh faces. You got a mug that looks like the Snake? Get yer ass on the audition list, if you dare!
So what do the Nerdreaders think? MGS movie – good or bad? Get someone solid for Snake (badda bing) or bring in an unknown and hope the world loves them?
Thanks to ign for the heads-up on this one.
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.
Video Game Round-Up: Trailers for Duke Nukem Forever, Captain America Super Solider , Darksiders II, and Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Konami’s HD Collection, Kojima News, and New Star Trek Game Announced
E3, the biggest video game Expo in the world, is a week away and yet there is already a shit ton of news and trailers hitting the net. Since we don’t want to bog down our main news feed with a bunch a announcements, we’ve compiled all of today’s gamer bits into one compilation.
After 14 damn years, Duke Nukem Forever is set for a June 14th release. In preparation for the long ass wait, 2K Games and Gearbox Software have released a trailer that has a bit of everything, including some T & A. If the trailer here doesn’t get you pumped to play as the bad ass Duke, then you might be able to get your hands on the demo. Word is going around that members of the First Access Club are getting redeemable demo codes e-mailed to them.
Next batch of news is that Konami just held their pre-E3 press conference. It seems that the company has gone on quite the HD Collection craze as they just announced three of them. First up is a Silent Hill Collection that will contain HD remake of Silent Hill 2 and Silent Hill 3. The next two collections are games from the genius, yes I’m calling him a genius, Hideo Kojima. The Zone of Enders HD Collection will feature Zone of Enders and Zone of Enders: The 2nd Runner. The Metal Gear Solid HD Collection will be a collection of Metal Gear Solid 2, Metal Gear Solid 3, and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. All three collection will be available for both the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.
Speaking of Kojima, the man will not be at E3 and neither will be the game Metal Gear Rising. He will, however, be holding lectures on video game design this fall at University of Southern California. Who wouldn’t want to get a lecture from the man who once dumped a girl for erasing his Pokemon save file.
MORE TRAILERS AND NEWS AFTER THE JUMP
Insert exclamation point over your head as it seems like the Playstation 3 will be getting another HD collection. The Official Playstation Magazine UK is reporting that PS3 gamers will be getting their hands on Snake yet again as we will be seeing a HD collection of the first three Metal Gear Solid games. With Metal Gear Solid: Rising still not set with an exact release date (more likely to be released next year), it would be a smart move to release the collection this year.
The Metal Gear Solid games are great but they do get some criticism as being more of a “movie” or “nothing more than a collection of cutscenes with some gameplay.” Either way, it’s a great way for gamers that own a PS3 that aren’t PS2 backwards compatible as they will be able to play something they may have missed the first time. And hey, I know some of you would like to relive that Raiden cartwheel moment in HD.
The Metal Gear series, some people love it and some people hate it, but you gotta say, Metal Gear Solid 4 did have a nice end to the Solid series and hey, you have to love it when there’s a white monkey. Announced at last E3, Konami’s Metal Gear Arcade is getting some exposure and some talks around it. Based on the Metal Gear Online game, players can once again play as Snake and probably other characters but in a 3D environment. Not only are the goggles 3D, but also tracks your movement so that it gives you the feel that you are the character. To check out a quick video of Metal Gear Arcade after the break. (more…)