A film adaptation of much-loved video game ‘Metal Gear Solid’ is finally set to become reality.
Renowned film producer Avi Arad hit the stage to make the announcement at an event in Japan celebrating the 25th anniversary of the ‘Metal Gear’ series.
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‘Metal Gear Solid’ was the first ‘Metal Gear’ to be made in 3D, and was a monumental success on the PlayStation in 1998.
Arad, who is best known as the producer of ‘X-Men’ and ‘Spider-Man’, arrived a special guest to reveal plans for a Columbia Pictures production.
Speaking at the event he said: “For many years I fought to bring comics to theatres...and video games are the comics of today."
A film version has been a hot topic of debate and seems a natural fit given the game’s many cinematic influences, ranging from James Bond to cult Kurt Russell film ‘Escape From New York’.
Intentions to make a film version were also announced in 2006 by series-creator Hideo Kojima, but eventually came to nothing despite rumoured interest from ‘There Will Be Blood’ director Paul Thomas Anderson and ‘Equilibrium’ writer Kurt Wimmer.
A new game in the series, called ‘Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes’, was also announced at the event.