Avi Arad on Uncharted, Metal Gear and Mass Effect movies
Producer Avi Arad has been talking about bringing three videogame franchises to the big screen...
It's not going out on a limb to say that the movie adaptations of popular videogames that we've had to date have been rather poor. Still, with Michael Fassbender starring in Assassin's Creed, and the potential for fun with Aaron Paul and Michael Keaton in the Need For Speed film, we're hoping that the future is brighter.
So is producer Avi Arad, who has been chatting about movie adaptations of videogames recently. He's trying to bring the films of Uncharted, Mass Effect and Metal Gear Solid to the big screen, and chatting to Kotaku, he said that "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 antiques 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]".
The Uncharted games are incredibly cinematic and a solid movie adaptation that captures the essence of the game has a great chance of being very successful.
Arad continued, saying that "with Metal Gear you have Cain and Abel", revealing that while the film is at least three years away, he's going to be having dinner with Hideo Kojima soon to discuss the movie.
Five or six years away, meanwhile, is a film of Mass Effect. "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", he explained, adding that "it's been a lot of work".
Although we're clearly a long way from seeing any of these on the big screen it does sound like they're taking their time to make the best films possible and are tackling the key themes that make the games so interesting. Fingers crossed they all work out...
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