Avi Arad, founder of Marvel Studios who is responsible for many comic book adaptations to big screens, including Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk and many more.
Now Arad has his sights on video game adaptations to the big screens. At an event in Beijing, Arad told Kotaku, that he is involved with Uncharted, Mass Effect and Metal Gear Solid movies.
“Converting games to film hasn’t been done yet successfully, though Resident Evil did very well—it was actually a great series. I remember when Bernd Eichinger started it. I was working with him, I just couldn’t do that at Marvel but I had a good feeling about it, it’s a fantastic franchise.
I think that film studios are bankers and filmmakers are risk takers and somewhere in between we meet on the battlefield. And the moment one video game movie goes through the roof, it’s the same thing that I’ve been through with comic books,” he said.
Arad believes successful video game franchises like Uncharted and Metal Gear Solid, have strong narratives, could become the first big successes.
“I think Uncharted will be very successful. It’s a father and son game. There are things about it that are interesting. I think the world of antiquities theft, there are many countries in the world that realized they’re being robbed and they’re trying to recoup these important pieces. Now, the script has a lot of character [and] I think that has a shot at being the first one [to succeed].”
Arad said that Metal Gear Solid movie is at least three years away, which was announced at the 25th Anniversary event in Japan last year and says that he is meeting with Kojima soon to discuss it.
“If you go to Metal Gear Solid, it’s actually full of storytelling. I always look at the bible as a storyteller and operas with special attention to relationships and here, you have Cain and Abel, Ying and Yang like Double Dragon.”
He then adds that Mass Effect movie will take even longer, “It’s a big idea, that we, humans, are the least developed, the least trusted, it’s an interesting mirror image of our world, we are the aliens now.
Love the project, it’s getting there, it’s been a lot of work; some movies take five, six years before they’re ready.”
Are you excited about these video game adaptations? Do you think Avi Arad can pull it off?
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