SONY OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCES A ‘METAL GEAR SOLID’ MOVIE
Avi Arad is a name of ill repute among many Marvel fans. As the former chairman, CEO and the founder of Marvel Studios, Arad is the man Marvel Zombies hold responsible for raiding Marvel’s character library and selling the film rights off to various studios like FOX and Sony, thus negating any possibility for a cohesive Marvel cinematic universe (Spider-man can’t show up in an Avengers movie because he is owned by Sony, etc.) And even though Arad served as Executive producer on a number of great Marvel films like Iron Man, Blade, and Sam Raimi’s Spider-man series, he’s also guilty of pushing through clunkers like Daredevil and Ghost Rider.
Now Arad is turning his attention toward the world of video game adaptations, as he will be the executive producer of a Metal Gear Solid movie. Sony officially announced the news to throngs of rabid Metal Gear fans at the Metal Gear 25th Anniversary Event in Tokyo, Japan.
“Video games are the comic books of today?” Ummm…okay Ari. I’m pretty sure comic books are the comic books of today, but hey, what do I know, I don’t have The Bratz movie on my resume. I’m sure Arad meant that in purely filmic terms, referring to the material studios will seek to capitalize on if and when the superhero movie balloon pops, but it still comes across as out of touch.
Historically, video game movies have ranged from completely unwatchable to mediocre at best, and I don’t see anything other than a HALO film breaking that streak. I do hope there’s a scene of a guy sneaking around underneath a cardboard box, and a big CGI exclamation point appearing over a guard’s head when he’s spotted, though.
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