Metal Gear Solid Movie Moving Forward At Columbia Pictures
Outstanding news for our video-game fanatics out there: The long-gestating Metal Gear Solid movie, which has been on again and off again for years, officially is back on.
At a Metal Gear anniversary event in Tokyo, Konami declared that the movie finally is moving forward at Columbia Pictures. According to Kotaku.com, uber-producer Avi Arad (The Amazing Spider-Man, Iron Man, X-Men and X2) will guide the film to the big screen, as revealed by Japanese game director Hideo Kojima.
This is, by no means, a reassurance that the film actually is guaranteed to happen, however, presentations like this (with names like Arad attached) amount to more than the usual dog-and-pony show. But Metal Gear joins a short list of successful video-game franchises waiting for their shot at silver-screen fortunes. Uncharted and Mass Effect are two such properties that seem like natural translations to feature length. However, for every Tomb Raider, there’s a disastrous Doom, Max Payne or Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time serving as a cautious reminder for Hollywood not to mess up.
So while we’re nowhere near the casting stage, it does sound like the pre-production process on a Metal Gear Solid movie is heating up. Will you allow yourself to get excited?
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