'Spider-Man' Producer Avi Arad Developing 'Metal Gear Solid' Movie

August 30, 2012
Source: Kotaku

Metal Gear Solid

"Snaaaaake!" Talk of a film adaptation of the popular video game series Metal Gear Solid started back in 2007, but sadly, the most recent update in 2010 from producer Michael De Luca at Columbia Pictures saying, "I don't think it's going to move forward because I got the sense that there may not be enough of a coordinated will at this point on the side of certain parties to see a movie get made." Well, it looks like we're back to the beginning again as Kotaku (via SlashFilm) has word from a Metal Gear Anniversary even in Tokyo that the film is back in development with Spider-Man producer Avi Arad on board. More below!

Banners with Japanese text saying "Metal Gear Solid Hollywood Movie" complete with the Columbia Pictures logo were seen at the event, so it sounds like the project is still set up at Sony. Then Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima stepped on stage to confirm that the film adaptation was still in the works and brought Arad on stage to bring the excitement level up. The producer said, "For many years I fought to bring comics to theaters. Comic books are now biggest genre in cinema. 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."

It's just too bad that a video game movie has yet to live up to the quality of the great comic book movies that have hit the big screen over the past decade or so. There's a good chance that this project could fall apart all over again, but right now it sounds like the adaptation is in the early stages of planning, so maybe this time it'll happen if Arad can round up the right talent like he did for Spider-Man.

The question is who is gruff and tough enough to take on the role of the lead character Solid Snake? The character is a soldier who infiltrates a nuclear weapons facility to neutralize the terrorist threat from FOXHOUND, a renegade special forces unit. Snake must liberate two hostages, the head of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the president of a major arms manufacturer, confront the terrorists, and stop them from launching a nuclear strike. There's plenty of action stars out there, but since this is such a beloved video game franchise, casting this role will be under just as much video game fan scrutiny as casting Lara Croft for Tomb Raider. Stay tuned as this project develops.

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Oh man, I would have a total shit fit over this. In a good way. If that's even possible, haha. My husband is absolutely obsessed with this game series (minus the Raiden one), and I always loved to watch him play, simply for the amazing cinematics. Now, if this actually happens, I would looove for Christian Bale to play Snake. I mean, just look at him in 'Rescue Dawn'! All that was missing was the bandana! 😉

SuicidalOptimist on Aug 30, 2012


As long as they stick to MGS1, then I'm in.

Big Boss on Aug 30, 2012


I think I may prefer Snake Eater, it's a bit stronger narratively. I'd also take the original Metal Gear. A non-canon entry could be fun too. But aside from those, MGS1 would be great.

OfficialJab on Aug 31, 2012


You know what's funny? I thought about starting off w/ Snake Eater as well, but I held back. That would be a great way to tell the whole story to new audiences in chronological order.

Big Boss on Aug 31, 2012


I really hope they give Hideo Kojima the level of involvement in the project he deserves... no one else has a better knowledge of important moments in the saga... He needs to be involved in a creative level or this will flunk...

Abelardo Gutierrez Chavez on Aug 30, 2012


tom hardy as solid snake.

jaxtaman on Aug 30, 2012


christian bale is the guy to play snake.

beevis on Aug 30, 2012


Fuck it, Kurt Russell.

grimjob on Aug 30, 2012


hey....if it's OLD snake, kurt russell is the ONLY choice! i'm with ya on that!

beevis on Aug 30, 2012


Bale would be perfect for this role.

truong18 on Aug 30, 2012


As excited as I'am about this movie, it still worries me that it will fail just because it probably won't be done right. That and it's a video game movie and the only video game movie that has really succeeded is that garbage Resident Evil series. Hopefully like someone said earlier, hopefully Kojima is very involved in the movie. Kojima is a mad genius when it comes to anything Metal Gear. Get Bale on Board, get Kojima on board, bring these two together, hell, even bring in Daniel Craig some how. Possible as Liquid! Now that would kick ass.

Rain Spider on Aug 30, 2012


Since Hideo Kojima based solid snakes character off of Kurt Russel's character in escape from LA "snake". Kojima would want the actor/character to be similar to that I'm assuming. I like Christian Bale but I think someone else would do better....someone with a good voice that can do David Hayter's voice justice who voices snake in the games. It would also depend on which time line of snakes life are they gonna gonna base this from. He progressively ages on each game installment. Being there is three of them (excluding the one from NES). Assuming they start from the first and best Metal Gear solid that was on playstation one. He would have to be in his mid to late 30's. Hugh Jackman?! Karl Urban?! Ray Stevenson from punisher warzone!! Or even David Hayter himself?!

timnimbus on Aug 30, 2012


David Hayter actually pitched a movie WITH Avi Arad a handful of years ago. If Avi and Hayter are still tight, It wouldn't be surprising at all to see Hayter having some hand in developing the movie. It would still be pretty hard to sell him as Solid Snake, but I don't think a cameo as Big Boss would be out of the question.

Christopher Carpenter on Aug 31, 2012


As a massive MGS fan, I'm not at all worried. Even if its bad, there's no way that it won't be charmingly bad. I'll be very surprised if this just isn't any good at all.

OfficialJab on Aug 31, 2012


Hugh Jackman as Solid Snake Woody Harrelson as Liquid Snake Sam Elliot as Revolver Ocelot Toby Kebbell as Psycho Mantis Jason Momoa as Vulcan Raven Famke Janssen as Sniper Wolf Noomi Rapace as Meryl Cillian Murphy as Otacon Bobby Lee as Johnny Sasaki? Just my 9 cents...

Stavi on Sep 2, 2012

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