Metal Gear Solid is the latest franchise to be given over to Hollywood’s tender mercies, with fans of the series left wondering whether the movie will follow in the glorious footsteps of Hollywood’s past video game adaptations, or the even more esteemed path of its many adaptations of popular Japanese entertainment franchises.
According to reports, as part of its glorious 25th anniversary the Metal Gear franchise will be getting a live action Hollywood movie adaptation produced by both Columbia Pictures and Sony.
Details of casting and which parts of the sprawling franchise will be first in line have yet to be announced.
Kojima Productions boss Hideo Kojima explains that he had been searching for years for a suitable production team to create a fitting movie adaptation, but with the availability of Avi Arad to oversee things and his reputed success at adapting American comic book classics (or Marvel comics at any rate) he had confidence he would do Snake justice as well.
Arad for his part pledges “not to do anything bad to the Metal Gear Kojima created” and promises “to make a wonderful movie in the spirit of the original,” doubtless dispelling the doubts of all but the most pessimistic of naysayers.
However, whilst few doubt Kojima’s competence or the power of the Metal Gear franchise, equally few will be able to forget Hollywood’s record at producing adaptations of both video games and beloved Japanese entertainment franchises…