Metal Gear Solid movie announced - Gematsu
Metal Gear Solid movie announced
posted on 08.30.12 at 01:50 AM EST by (@salromano)
Columbia Pictures distributing, Avi Arad producing.

Metal Gear Solid is coming to the big screen courtesy of Sony and Columbia Pictures, Kojima Productions boss Hideo Kojima announced at this afternoon’s Metal Gear 25th anniversary event at Tokyo Midtown.

Avi Arad, who’s produced a number of Marvel movies including Iron Man, Blade, Spider-Man 2002, and this year’s The Amazing Spider-Man, will produce the Metal Gear flick.

“For many years I fought to bring comics to theaters, and video games are the comics of today,” said Arad at the anniversary event.

Arad promises to remain true to the game’s story, and said that Metal Gear was the first interactive movie he had ever seen.

“We will take our time and tell the story with all the nuances, ideology, cautionary tales needed,” he said. And as actors are always looking for emotional and challenging roles, there are ‘so many’ actors in Hollywood willing to become its characters. “We’ll tell these actors and directors who you want, and maybe they’ll do it for nothing.”

Kojima himself is actually a big fan of Columbia Pictures. His favorite movies include Stand by Me, Ghostbusters, and Taxi Driver. His favorite actors range from Christopher Nolan and Hugh Jackman to Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.

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  • KingOptimusOrigins111

    YES!!! YES!!! YES!!! & Sony and Columbia Pictures are making it. :)

    • rockman29

      Columbia Pictures is a subsidiary of Sony, so it’s sort of just Columbia making it.

  • whiteferrero

    Whoooooo boy! let’s just hope it’s a good one, and let them give Kojima creative reign.

    (i wonder how much backlash this article is gonna get?)

  • whiteferrero

    Whoooooo boy! let’s just hope it’s a good one, and let them give Kojima creative reign.

    (i wonder how much backlash this article is gonna get?)

  • syaznifaiq

     Hope this one doesn’t turn out like the others manga/game adaptation. Dragon ball, Tekken, king of fighter, resident evil . IMO all of them are crap .

  • ……..I’m VERY hesitant when it comes to video game movies adaptations, save for maybe the Silent Hill movie. 

    But I’m hoping this one turns out good, NOT just okay.

  • zakou

    The history has shown us that out of many movies made from video games, the only ones that turned out good were: Resident Evil and Silent Hill.

    The rest like “anime/game” Dragon Ball Z, Tekken, KOF, DOA and few others turned out to be shitty.

    Let’s hope this one follows the epicness of Silent Hill, it’s still Konami so i guess we are going to see something good :D

    • PrinceHeir

      no Ace Attorney??

      other anime’s like the Rurouni Kenshin live action movie this year was good too ^^ 

      • zakou

         Im obviously talking about American movies xD most of the japanese live action are epic.

    • Anime10121

       Give it time, comic movies were crap for decades and some of them are still garbage.  I wouldn’t put RE or SH in a category of “good” videogame movies either, successful yes, good up to suggestion.   They were the first watchable video game movies though.  Prince of Persia and Scott Pilgrim are the only two that I’d put as good movies, but with the themes and amount of story there in MGS, I think its possible for this to be a wait for it… FANTASTIC film, especially with Arad producing!  I just hope that it reaches enough of an audience if it does turn out to be good.  Everyone knows Spiderman, Xmen, and to a lesser extent Resident Evil, the same can not be said for Metal Gear Solid, hopefully its a good movie and it will be seen on that merit alone.

  • PrinceHeir

    why Hollywood??

    why not CGI like Advent Children Complete or Resident Evil Degeneration?? or Anime like Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex??

    or even someone in the JPN industry like Miike Takeshi???

    damn it Konami!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • PrinceHeir

    why Hollywood??

    why not CGI like Advent Children Complete or Resident Evil Degeneration?? or Anime like Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex??

    or even someone in the JPN industry like Miike Takeshi???

    damn it Konami!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • rockman29

      Both those movies sucked? GITS was obviously amazing, but MGS doesn’t have a similar narrative to GITS in the slightest. It has a lot in common thematically, but almost nothing in style.

      Kojima picked Hollywood over those because he knows the MGS narrative flavour owes far more to Hollywood than it does anime or shoddy CG movies.

  • Michael Garling

    “His favourite actors run from Christopher Nolan…”

    Chris Nolan is a director…

  • whiteferrero

    You know, having a Metal Gear movie is kind of weird, coz I always feel like I’m watching a movie when I’m playing the game as – most of the time you’re pretty much watching the cutscenes.

  • Fenrir

    *sigh*, I really hate when Hollywood, tries to do live action movies from anime or video games, they so rarely ever turn out good. But okay, if this is going to happen. David Hayter HAS to play Snake, no questions. I mean, he has the voice, that’s gives him an automatic 100 point bonus! He has much more insight and connection with the character than Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, or any of those other actors people always suggest for a live action MGS movie.

    • rockman29

      Since when is MGS anything remotely related to anime? I could understand ZOE, but not MGS. Not even Peace Walker artwork was done in anime style.

  • Charlie

    This better turn out amazing…..

  • I have a lot of hope in it. His words about keeping it grounded and not make the franchise isn’t something its not was my biggest worry. He sounds passionate about it which is huge. Avi Arad has a good track record. Geez. I think they really nailed it.

  • We can all tell that Sal was running on empty when he made this post. xD

    Like @google-b2fa2b7d110b9d65d0b0f625f4de129a:disqus said. Christopher Nolan is not an actor, he is a writer/director/producer. =D

    Moving on, I watch quite a bit of movies these days, I’ll share my opinion here.

    Let me begin with saying that I think calling the Resident Evil and Silent Hill movies good is pushing it. I’d say they are very mediocre, and some of the RE movies are pretty poor. For video game movies, they are most definitely above average. As a gamer who watches lots of movies, I’ve been waiting for Hollywood to get serious about video game films, and start to treat them with respect.

    Let’s be honest, it took them a few years to get Comic Book movies right. We have seen some fantastic comic book movies come out the last few years. And yet, some still can’t seem to get it right. Ghost Rider comes to mind as a franchise that has terrible movies, they don’t do the comic book any justice. It’s really a shame that we still have awful comic book movies getting made, despite all the great comic book movies coming out these days.

    Back to video game movies and Hollywood. We have seen some terrible video game movies over the years. At first, it wasn’t so bad in my opinion. I was excited about the idea of having video game movies period. As time passed, I started to grow up and realize some of these cool video game movies were terrible, they were literally jokes. At least this movie isn’t as bad as “insert video game movie here.”

    The last few years have seen some improvements. At least the awful movies are basically not getting any budget these days, they pretty much have to go straight to DVD. The sad part is, some of these movies just take a dump all over the game. Like the BloodRayne movie, good lord! Watching it made me embarrassed, and that is the best way to describe the film, it’s an embarrassment. What was the story supposed to be in that film?… just forget it. I’m done talking about it.

    Let’s get this out of the way right now. Uwe Boll… please stay away from making video game movies. Hollywood, please don’t let him make anymore! PLEASE!!! No more BloodRayne, Alone in the Dark, House of the Dead, Farcry, etc. No more! I’d rather watch footage of someone cleaning a very nasty toilet for 2 hours.

    Resident Evil and Silent Hill – The first video game movies in years to have any real budget. Both movies are decent, they don’t really follow the games plot all that closely though. The Resident Evil movies have slowly devolved into slow mo combat scenes, and lots of Milla Jovovich. Dude, we get it, you really like your hot wife. That’s not really an excuse to spend most of budget in the last Resident Evil on her in tight outfits doing slow mo gun shooting. And let’s not forget, it was in 3D! That was one expensive movie ticket, for a movie that wasn’t very good.

    Silent Hill was a step in the right direction. It still had one of the same problems the first Resident Evil movie had. I got to see both movies with non gamers and they were completely lost. They just didn’t understand what was going on. 

    Max Payne and Prince of Persia- Both movies had good and bad parts about them. The budget and acting was fairly good. Disney really put a huge amount of cash into Prince of Persia, and the best scenes of the movie showed it. The story was a bit wacky, the ending kinda helped save it in the end. I thought the cast in Max Payne did fairly well for what they were given. The script and directing was pretty poor. The movie was easier to follow for non gamers, but it didn’t really satisfy fans who knew what everyone else was missing out on.

    The first step in making a good video game movie is simple. They need to start treating the source material with more respect. Stop changing the stories and trying to make a quick profit from unsuspecting fans.

    Avi Arad helped bring comic book movies to where they are today. He has a fairly good track record overall as a producer. The key is to bring in a talented director, and get people who care about the franchise to write the script. We all know, Metal Gear Solid has plenty of story for the writers to work with. I’m happy that they managed to get Arad on board with the MGS movie.

    Let’s hope that his vision for the movie that he expressed with his words, stays during the development of the film. It’s one thing to say something, and another thing to get Hollywood and everyone involved to agree to it.

    Since it’s Hollywood were talking about, I doubt they let David Hayter play Snake in the movie. I would be really surprised. Hollywood will want to go with a more well known actor to play the lead role. I just hope they pick someone that takes the role seriously. The supporting cast will also be important to the movies success.

    I’ve already typed way to much. I could go on, I’ll just stop here for now. I’m going to keep my fingers crossed here, I want the Metal Gear Solid movie to be the first great video game movie!

    • rockman29

      Short form please, I want to read your post, but I don’t have that much time dude.

  • Oh no…. no.. kojima is just milking as much as he possibly can from the MGS name before he drops it for good.

  • Columbia Pictures… look up the truth behind Colunbia .. Illuminati.. the game industry has been hijacked.

  • ole

    Avi Arad is also producing the Uncharted and Mass Effect movies right? Hope he doesn’t mess with this movie. But I believe in Kojima sensei what has he have chosen to.

  • xMCXx

    I’m not sure if Hollywood can make a Metal Gear movie, since there is much talk in MG and they probably only want explosions.

  • It will be great

  • EspadaKiller

    I hope that the movie will turn out ok! 

  • transgojobot

    The casting must be stellar and the producers should push for an R-rated cut.

  • Traveller

    This guy did my FAVORITE movie series? Ohhhh I’m stoked for this.

  • For the actors in this movie, they better play the whole metal gear series 1 month b4 reading the script! MwahahHAHAH~~~XD