Tuesday, September 4, 2012

METAL GEAR SOLID (In Development)


Metal Gear Solid
Feature film iteration of the popular video game Metal Gear Solid has gone through quite a few ups and downs over the years, but it now sounds like development on the film is moving forward…again. 

Solid Snake
Konami has confirmed that Metal Gear Solid is in the works with Spider-Man’s Avi Arad (former Marvel Studios CEO) onboard to produce.  For those unaware, Metal Gear Solid is a stealth action video game that centers on a solider named Solid Snake who infiltrates a nuclear weapons facility in order to neutralize a terrorist threat.

The announcement of the Metal Gear Solid film was made at the Metal Gear Anniversary event in Tokyo.  Via Kotaku, Arad appeared onstage and had this to say about his intentions:

“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.”

Old Snake Fan Art
While at Marvel, Arad was responsible for some truly great adaptations like Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man films and X-Men, but he was also behind Fantastic Four and Elektra.  He hasn’t exactly found great success since leaving the studio, with The Amazing Spider-Man acting as his only recent hit.  In addition to Metal Gear, he’s also developing film versions of Mass Effect and Uncharted.

This isn’t the first time that a Metal Gear Solid movie has tried to get off the ground.  The Social Network producer Michael De Luca was previously attached to the property in 2008, but by 2010 the project had fallen apart.  De Luca cited the difficulty of aligning the interests of everyone involved to make a singular film as the reason the movie didn’t move forward, and it’s no secret that video game companies are ridiculously precious when it comes to adapting their properties.

So don’t get your hopes up just yet! Comment below and let us know what you think about this.

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