Metal Gear Going Hollywood with New Movie from Columbia Pictures
At today’s Metal Gear 25th Anniversary celebration in Tokyo, franchise creator Hideo Kojima and publisher Konami announced that the Metal Gear movie that’s been on and off for a number of years is officially back on. This is purportedly the “industry shaking” announcement that Hideo Kojima has been hinting at as of late.
The film will be produced by Avi Arad, the same chap that produced an incredible list of famous Marvel flicks like Spider-Man and Iron Man, but also worked as a producer on a handful of game-to-movie tie-ins like Mass Effect and Uncharted (even though those have yet to see the light of day). He’s also been known for his work on the Bratz movie.
Yes, the Bratz movie.
“For many years I fought to bring comics to theaters.” mentioned Arad while onstage at the event.
“Comic books are now biggest genre in cinema. Video games are the comic books of today.”
He then took the time to reassure series fans, letting them know that they’ll be handling the film’s narrative with care:
“We will take our time and tell the story with all the nuances, ideology, cautionary tales needed.”
Hideo Kojima also spent some time onstage, taking his time to detail some of his favorite films from Columbia Pictures, ranging from Stand by Me to Taxi Driver. He even threw in three of his favorite actors: Matt Damon, Hugh Jackman, and Ben Affleck. As for directors, Kojima made clear his keenness towards Christopher Nolan, placing him high on his filmmaker favorites list.
“We’ll tell these actors and directors who you want, and maybe they’ll do it for nothing,” Arad joked.
However, these potential actors and filmmakers aren’t entirely off the table, as Arad also mentioned that many Hollywood actors would definitely play these characters.
That’s all the details we have for now, but we’ll let you know when we hear more. This is Japan, you know. These things take time.
Though we’ve heard year after year that a Metal Gear movie was in the works, we’ve received nothing close to a confirmation. However, it appears a film adaptation of Snake’s adventures may very well be a reality this time around.
Coinciding with today’s highly-hyped Metal Gear Anniversary event in Tokyo, banners can be seen from photos of the event displaying the text “Metal Gear Solid Hollywood Movie” as well as logos for Konami, Columbia Pictures, and Kojima Productions. It should be noted that Columbia Pictures is owned by Sony Entertainment. Sound familiar?
All we currently have is the above snapshot courtesy of ItCameFromJapan – but aside from that, we have no other information at this particular moment.