When Hideo Kojima promised a batch of announcements at the recent Metal Gear 25th Anniversary event that would shake the industry, he was not kidding. In addition to Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes and the new mobile game, Metal Gear Solid: Social Ops, Kojima Productions also announced their plans to finally produce the often-rumored and talked about film adaptation of the Metal Gear Solid Franchise.
The film will be co-produced with Columbia Pictures (Spider-Man, Amazing Spider-Man, and 007), a studio that has recently committed themselves to a few other video game-based film adaptations such as Uncharted, Deus Ex, and Assassin’s Creed. There has been news concerning all of the aforementioned adaptations, and it appears that the studio may have decided to pull the trigger on each movie, including the new Metal Gear Solid adaptation.
Film producer, Avi Arad (Spider-Man, Iron Man, X-Men), was on hand at the event and was very enthusiastic about adapting the Metal Gear franchise for film. “For many years I fought to bring comics to theaters,” Mr. Arad stated, “and video games are the comics of today.” Arad has personally been linked to other potential video game films such as Mass Effect and inFamous as well as a Pac-Man television series entitled, Pac-Man: The Adventure Begins, slated for next year.
Outside of the announcement of the film’s development, no details were given regarding a release window, director, writer, or casting choices. A gallery of some images (courtesy of Famitsu) from the event is available below.