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Uncharted movie going well, Metal Gear Solid film 3 years away, Mass Effect 5 years, says producer

Friday, 30th August 2013 12:08 GMT By Dave Cook

Producer Avi Arad has discussed his hand in the Uncharted, Mass Effect and Metal Gear Solid movies at an event in Beijing, and has explained that while games haven’t transitioned to film that well so far, he’s looking to change that in his upcoming work.

It should be noted that Arad was instrumental in Marvel adapting several of its comic book properties to the big screen, including Iron Man, Spider-Man and Blade, so he knows a thing or two about successful adaptations.

Speaking with Kotaku he said, “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,” said Arad. “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.”

On the Uncharted movie he explained, “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 realised 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].”

On Metal Gear Solid Arad said the movie is at least three years away, and that he is meeting with Kojima soon to discuss it. He continued, “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 added that the Mass Effect may even be as far as five or six years down the line, and stated, “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.”

What do you make of Arad’s impact on comic movies and how that might translate to the games industry? Let us know below.

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21 Comments

  1. Biscuitpants

    game movies simply will never be good

    #1 12 months ago
  2. Dave Cook

    @1 That’s the spirit. Stay positive and all that…

    #2 12 months ago
  3. Biscuitpants

    @2 its true through, you cant cram a 12 hour game into a 2 hour script

    #3 12 months ago
  4. Erthazus

    @1, you can’t say that. There was never a good chance to do it right.

    In the past people thought that it is impossible to make movies out of the comics and look what Sony Pictures brought to the table.

    Avi Arad is a famous producer that did a good job with comic books and now he is trying to do it right with videogames.

    @3, that’s why you make a script that makes it right for 2 hour movie. that’s why there is a profession called WRITER for F. SAKE.

    #4 12 months ago
  5. Belmont

    I think it takes a lot of work by some real talent in order to make it work. Interestingly enough, I think Uncharted has the least chance, it will be considered a Indiana jones rip-off unless it is damn good to prove otherwise.

    Just make a Killzone movie !

    #5 12 months ago
  6. MFBB

    Video game movie can be good if they do an original (self developed) story and dont limit themselves with all the boundaries/rules from the video game.

    If they try to copy the video game and squeeze everything in a movie etc they have always been shit.

    #6 12 months ago
  7. Biscuitpants

    @4 bullshit did people think it was impossible to write scripts about comics, script for most marvel movies have been written since 1990s, it was only budget that put them down plus writing comic book movies is probably the easiest thing ever compared to a video games, theres 100s of storys about spiderman but only 3 of uncharted games, obviously you are going to get alot more shit out of a comic then a video game

    #7 12 months ago
  8. TF_PtMaster

    @3 it’s easy. If movie producers take the movie as part of a storytelling like the game and not a compressed story inspired in a specific game. For example. The way i see Uncharted movie to be great is taking Nathan’s history before Uncharted 1.

    In MGS i think the trick is understand where to start. There is a huge amount of stories to tell.

    #8 12 months ago
  9. TF_PtMaster

    @7 actually there is 4 Uncharted games

    #9 12 months ago
  10. Biscuitpants

    @9 5 counting the card game, forgot about the ps vita version

    #10 12 months ago
  11. Djoenz

    Man some people cant even produce a decent movie out of animations or anime like DBZ and Avatar:The Last Airbender.. the live action movies were a disgrace to the originals. I dont see this going too well, unless they respect the gaming industry like they respect comics and superheroes (massive cash ins if done properly)

    My ultimate game to movie would be Final Fantasy trilogy in the likes of The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter vibe.
    :)

    Well Skyrim and Dragon Age would be excellent as well. If done properly they will be cashcows. Im skeptic as fuck however.

    #11 12 months ago
  12. naffgeek

    @1 If they can make a good movie out of a theme park ride (Pirates 1) then they can make a good movie out of anything.

    #12 12 months ago
  13. Fin

    JASON STATHAM

    #13 12 months ago
  14. Biscuitpants

    @12 difference between a video game and theme park ride is that a theme park ride doesnt even have a story, try harder

    #14 12 months ago
  15. wildBoar

    I suppose the logic is, if X million people Played uncharted X million people will go watch the movie. Thus we’re seeing a WoW film and a fucking Gran Turismo movie, two of the most massive franchises in the industry.
    Since Hollywood is terrified of the prospect of new IP, they’re doing they’re taking shortcuts like this to have an already (in theory) established audience.

    MONEY MONEY MONEY

    #15 12 months ago
  16. naffgeek

    @14 Didn’t realise I was trying at all, just talking.

    I would argue but I smell a troll.

    #16 12 months ago
  17. Lounds

    I would like an Uncharted movie but I love the voice actor who plays Nathan.

    Knowing Hollywood they would probably have Nicolas Cage play Victor hahaha.

    Has anyone watched Tekken>?

    #17 12 months ago
  18. DSB

    Spoiler alert: They’re all gonna be crap

    #18 12 months ago
  19. Osric

    Making a movie out of a videogame is like making a theater play of a movie and so. It can be done right if DONE DAMN RIGHT.

    A movie based on Uncharted should be directed by someone Spielberg, yes or no? But that’s hardly going to happen.

    A movie based on Mass Effect (impossible to make a good thing out of this unless it’s a AAA TV series or a movie trilogy) could be great if directed by someone like Peter Jackson.

    And about Metal Gear Solid, man… the movie will be pretty mediocre already if they try to tell the Snakes story, but I’m sure Neill Blomkamp could make something interesting out of that mythology.

    So that’s my two cents.

    #19 12 months ago
  20. WiggySlide

    @18 You can’t even give these movies a chance. Using past video game movies as an excuse to call future ones with potential crap is actually fallacious. Granted, lots of video game movies tend to fail, but that’s not to say making a good one is impossible. As was mentioned earlier, comic book movies were crap. Then look what happened. Sure, they’re two different industries, but they both have matured significantly, the point allowing for a comparison to be made. Video game movies have potential to be the next comic book movie.

    #20 9 months ago
  21. WiggySlide

    @12 Off topic: I actually liked the 2nd Pirates movie, with the 1st still being awesome. Of course, that’s an adaptation of something obscure done right. An original story was made, with the entire theme of what it means to be a pirate intact. Along with a solid script, pacing, direction, and acting. That’s what’s needed for any awesome movie.

    #21 9 months ago

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