UPDATE: Metal Gear Movie Officially Announced

For years now, there has been chatter of a Metal Gear Solid movie. The project was at one time moving forward. Then, it seemed to die.

Today, it seems the movie is back on. Metal Gear Solid is going Hollywood.

At today's Metal Gear Anniversary event in Tokyo, photos show banners with the slogan "Metal Gear Solid Hollywood Movie", along with the Columbia Pictures logo. Columbia Pictures is, of course, owned by Sony Pictures.

Back in 2008, Hollywood producer Michael De Luca of Boogie Nights and Wag the Dog fame was on board as producer. At the time, De Luca said the aim was this: "Not mess with the DNA of the game but provide a movie that is an adaptation but that has it's own cinematic identity so even if you don't play the game you know, you'll come out of that movie feeling like you did at the end of The Matrix or the end of Robocop."

That movie ultimately fell apart. There was chatter at the time that the reason the movie didn't ultimately come together was a disagreement over budget. Apparently, Konami wanted a big budget production, but didn't feel like it could do Metal Gear Solid with the smaller budget Hollywood offered.

UPDATE: The existence of a new Metal Gear Solid movie has been confirmed, and will be produced by Avi Arad, the man behind most of the latest Marvel movie productions. ""For many years I fought to bring comics to theaters," he said, "and video games are the comics of today."


    I love Metal Gear but I don't really want to see a movie made I just don't think it would really work.

      Dude, 80% of metal gear solid is cuts scenes.

        lol. I was about to say "Isn't MGS already a movie?"

          i <3 cutscenes. theres nothing wrong with that

      It could make a good movie, it's got everything: Unique characters, political intrigue, plot twists, epic battles etc. But whether it will turn out to be a good movie is another thing...

        On a scale of 0 - 10 where does Avi Arad rate skillwise for storytelling in comparison to either Hideo Kojima or Joss Whedon do we all think?.....................yep thats what i think too.

          He's a producer not a director or screen writer, if David Hayter is involved in the script it could be good, even more so if they get a director who understands the subject matter. I'm trying to remain optimistic.

    Oh. Fuck. Yes.

    Please keep it balls-to-the-wall batshit crazy, and I'll love it.

    Well a quick look at Avi Arad's IMDb page gives me a bit of hope for this. Lets just hope he teams up with David Hayter again, it worked for the first two X-men movies.

      The guy does have some real good credits to his name (alongside some flops).

      Spiderman 1+2, Iron Man 1, X-Men 1+2, Blade, Silver Surfer. Some of the better comic book movies of the last decade.

    I'll wait for the reviews before I buy a ticket.

      That way when the critics pan it and it turns out to be alright you don't feel so ripped off.

    Quietly opptimistic, as long as uwe bole stays away

    I think a lot will depend on good casting... and so begins the fanboy shitstorm of who is better to play snake.

      hugh jackman?

        Hugh has already worked with Hayter on Xmen 1 and 2. I don't see why it wouldn't happen.

        Why not David Hayter himself? I think it would be pretty interesting to actually see voice actors playing their characters in live action movies.

        I can't imagine the Hitman movie would have been any worse for starring David Bateson. I would have loved to see James McCaffrey as Max Payne and I think it would be fun to give Nolan North a shot at the live-action Uncharted film.

        I understand that they're a little less bankable than established film actors, but it would be an interesting experiment.

    uwe boll swag

    they fuck this up i am going to be pissed

    Hopefully they do this right, as good as the franchise itself for our viewing pleasure.

    OK Hollywood, this time don't shrug off the script David Hayter wrote for you and maybe your movie might actually go somewhere.

    A movie won't give the storyline enough time. Can't see it being that good.

      You're probably right. A well-produced mini-series would serve the story better.

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