It's been a long time since we've heard any serious talk about adapting Hideo Kojima's sci-fi stealth 'em up series Metal Gear Solid to the big screen, but things just got a lot more seriouser. At an event held in Tokyo to honor the 25th anniversary of the original game, Avi Arad was announced as the producer of the upcoming film adaptation. Arad, the former CEO and founder of Marvel Studios, had a major hand in bringing comic books to the foreground of Hollywood's blockbuster output, having produced the original X-Men and Spider-Man movies, so it may be comforting that he was quoted at the event as saying, "For many years I fought to bring comics to theaters – and video games are the comics of today," by John Ricciardi via his Twitter account.
"We will take our time and tell the story with all the nuances, ideology, cautionary tales needed," Arad also said, before promising to be faithful to Hideo Kojima's now-sprawling storyline. The Metal Gear series, for those who haven't played it, stars a stealth expert named "Solid Snake" who becomes embroiled in a decades-long storyline packed with science fiction conceits and conspiracies. The most recent game in the franchise, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, contained enough cut scenes to fill several feature length films. Arad referred to the first game as, paraphrased, "the first interactive movie he'd ever seen," again, according to Ricciardi.
Metal Gear Solid is not the only video game adaptation Arad is attached to. He's also listed as the producer on upcoming adaptations of hit franchises like Mass Effect and Uncharted.
CraveOnline will be back with more Metal Gear Solid news after we stock up on cardboard boxes.