Hollywood Producer Avi Arad is famous for bringing many of Marvel Comics' heroes, such as "Iron Man" to "The Incredible Hulk", to the big screen. Now the producer is focusing on video game adaptations for "Metal Gear Solid", "Uncharted", and "Mass Effect." When speaking with Kotaku, Arad says the films are still in the early stages of production and will take several years in order to make them successful adaptations.
Arad was most excited for "Uncharted" as he explained how the film as has good chance of succeeding due to its strong story line and the special relationships between characters.
I think Uncharted will be very successful, he said. 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].
The producer also added that he will be meeting with Hideo Kojima for dinner to discuss more ideas for the upcoming "Metal Gear Solid" movie.
If you go to Metal Gear Solid, it’s actually full of storytelling, he told Kotaku. 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.
As for "Mass Effect", Arad is hoping the film will be released around 2018 or 2019.
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, Arad said of the film’s script. Love the project, it's getting there, it's been a lot of work; some movies take five, six years before they're ready.
As you can see, Arad understands the risks of turning a video game into a movie and is ready for the challenges he may face. Just because a game may sell well, it does not mean a film will have the same success.
I think that film studios are bankers and filmmakers are risk takers and somewhere in between we meet on the battlefield, Arad said. And the moment one video game movie goes through the roof, it's the same thing that I've been through with comic books.