Producer gives update on Metal Gear Solid movie: ‘The vision is in place’

A small update on the Metal Gear Solid movie announced in 2012: Website Den of Geek interviewed Avi Arad, who is producing the movie, and he had this to say about the project:

Metal Gear, believe it or not, after a decade, we are now literally starting to develop the script, the director. It took a long time to close this deal. It’s now done, finished, the vision is in place.

It seems like it will still be a while before the movie is finished, but at least there is some progress.

Metal Gear Movie Avi Arad

Avi Arad announcing the movie in 2012

Source: Den of Geek

  • Cartmangus

    Who honestly cares? Metal Gear is a video game series, it is special because of that. Are there any fans that genuinely have hope for a movie being anything but trash? I’m not scorning your article or anything just so we’re clear, lol. Just blows my mind that this movie is even being made, there’s no way in shit it’s gonna be good

    • Janeo

      I think it has a better chance of succeeding then most video game movies if they do it right it could be an amazing movie but it has no chance of reaching the games in storytelling obviously. Anyway you say it will be bad but admit you will go and see it I think we all will even if it is terrible

      • William of Orange

        Yeah, and that’s the point. We watch, it’s horrible, avi gets a shitload of money, he plans to make a sequel (MGS 2), nobody gets the plot,Avi thinks that the best thing for him to do is to scrap any ideas for future MGS movies. Trust me, it’s gonna be Resident Evil all over again.

        • Janeo

          Yeah well I’m going to hold out hope that they won’t screw it up at least until I see the first trailer I admit I don’t have much hope for this at all but with the right director and cast it could be a fun movie

          • William of Orange

            If they cast Karl Urban as snake, I might give this movie a chance. I’d rather want MGS 3: the movie to happen. MGS 3’s story is way more accessible than MGS 1. Maybe a anime? Damn, I want a MGS anime!

          • Alex

            Christian Bale would be my ideal Solid Snake, especially if they’re doing MGS1. But he could do a scruffy MGS3 Snake as well, as evident in Rescue Dawn.

          • William of Orange

            Christian? Oooh!! Good for you! ๐Ÿ˜‰
            Yeah, he’s a great actor.

          • Michael Fassbender. ๐Ÿ™‚

          • William of Orange

            No way, he’s the Nolan North of the film industry. ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • Cyberlum

            It would be Kiefer Sutherland. He is pretty well known and ready for the role of Snake after all those “24” seasons.

          • William of Orange

            Sounds plausible to me.

          • No Place For Hayter

            Unfortunately, yeah I’m pretty sure it’s gonna be Kiefer, my only problem with that is if it is Kiefer Sutherland playing Snake then It has to be a movie about Big Boss during or after the events of TPP, because if it’s Solid Snake or Big Boss before GZ than you run into a voice problem. They could out right change the voice of any Snake altogether for the movie versions of MGS, BUT if they are using Kiefer than they can’t do that any more because they switched Hayter with Kiefer in the game versions as well so if they suddenly change the voice of Snake that was already set in stone for that time period to Kiefer Sutherland, it would be seen as a complete switch of Snakes voice for both the games and the movies, beause you have now made the voice the same by having the movie voice actor in the game, so if you change the old voice overall (David Hayter) with the new voice in game Kiefer you would be denying the existence of the original voice actor, and would incredibly rude to just ignore 15 years of iconic voice work by Hayter, to sum it up, they can’t have the story be anything but Big Boss during or after TPP if the actor is Kiefer Sutherland because they have connected the two universes with the actor and thus have established where his voice fits into the official timeline.

            Or it could not be Kiefer and they could do a complete movie universe voice change which they now could do because the voice is not connected to the game universe.

          • No Place For Hayter

            If they turned a story they already did into the big screen they most likely would need to bring David Hayter back to voice the character, which they could do in an animation, a MGS animation would pretty cool, but I seriously doubt we will see the movie adaption of one of the games, because of the voice problem.

          • William of Orange

            Lol, they did the same thing with the spiderman trilogies. Just wait a decade and then release the anime. Seriously though, there’s a big difference between anime audience and movie audience.

          • prothy

            Agree on everything you said.

          • Janeo

            Same here if they did an anime I think I would want it to be set during msf days that way we could see how msf worked I mean from pazs diaries it sounded like they had a whole lot of fun I would like to see more of it

        • Alex

          Unless Avi Arad has the gift of the silver tongue, he’s really approaching this from a true understanding of the series and its themes, with tons of respect. He wants to do with Metal Gear Solid to video game movies what he did to comic book movies with Spiderman. If that’s not a sign of huge respect/admiration I don’t know what is. The movie could always come out as crap of course, but I truly believe Arad is coming at this with all the best possible intentions, which is why Kojima finally gave the ok for a movie be made: Arad gets it.

          • William of Orange

            Which Spiderman trilogy? The Amazing Spiderman trilogy or the “regular” Spiderman trilogy?

          • NegaScott128

            Both. He’s basically handled Marvel franchises back to the old 90’s cartoons. He knows what he’s doing.

          • William of Orange

            Fair enough, I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt.

          • No Place For Hayter

            In my opinion the only decent Spiderman was the first one every movie after that was really bad, is we are going by his past record then MGS movie will suck, I only care about who is writing the film and who is directing it, if Avi Arad is just a producer again I don’t care about his role and I don’t think he has any control of the quality of the product itself.

          • William of Orange

            He’s the producer, of course he has some sort of control of the quality of this movie.

          • No Place For Hayter

            He has a say in it, but ultimately he does not make the major decisions, unless he has more control here which he might considering he is like the main guy that is always attached to the MGS movie, which for me is a bad sign.

          • William of Orange

            Well, at least we know who we need to crucify if this movie sucks. ๐Ÿ™‚

          • prothy

            No. Spider-Man 2 was even better.

          • No Place For Hayter

            After thinking about it, ok the first two Spiderman movies are decent, the rest….. lets just say not so much, but it’s just my opinion on the movies no one has to agree, what I think is trash another might love. The Spiderman thing was only an example.

          • NegaScott128

            Pretty much everyone agrees Spider-Man 3 was awful; I thought Amazing was decent, but I don’t have much hope for Amazing 2.

          • Janeo

            I loved the complete first trilogy it’s the new movies I don’t like,e I just really hate the guy that plays Spider-Man

          • prothy

            Now I agree.

          • No Place For Hayter

            To be fare Avi Arad was a pretty big influence on why David Hayter got canned, and after hearing his opinion about who he thinks Snake is in the reveal of Kiefer Sutherland I would say Avi Arad might understand the story but the guy has zero respect for it.

          • William of Orange

            You have a fair point, as well. I wonder if this man ever played the games. He doesn’t look like someone who likes to play videogames in his spare time.

          • Far as I know he had no influence at all on that. Yes, he recommended Kiefer, but they were already looking for a new actor then.

          • No Place For Hayter

            Ok fare enough I’ll reword my comment in this comment to this. But to be fare our knowledge of the subject is minmal and we will never get the full story.

            “To be fare Avi Arad was a pretty big influence on why Kiefer Sutherland got
            the role, and after hearing his opinion about who he thinks Snake is in
            the reveal of Kiefer Sutherland I would say Avi Arad might understand
            the story but the guy has zero respect for it.”

        • No Place For Hayter

          After being disappointed by almost everything last year I never go spend money on anything I don’t know the quality of, I’m sure ass heck not going to watch the MGS movie unless I know it’s good, they won’t get a crap load of money from me unless they do something good and faithful, after all it is possible to make a good movie but have it be a terrible MGS move.

          • William of Orange

            Yeah, it sort of is, isn’t it? I’d rather see Kojima direct a movie with no ties to any of his previous series. It could be a autobiography, if you ask me.

          • prothy

            I’d so watch that.

      • Cartmangus

        I most definitely will not go and see it. The most I’ll do is pirate it, but I won’t even bother with that if the trailer looks insultingly bad, which it probably will

    • Patrick Esdam

      You must be fun at parties ๐Ÿ˜€
      I won’t jump to any conclusions, which seems to be the norm these days.

      • Cartmangus

        That’s the spirit, no reason to assume it’s gonna be bad, video games to movies are always great ideas ๐Ÿ˜‰

        • Patrick Esdam

          You don’t seem to know what the lowest form of humor is.

          • No Place For Hayter

            Sarcasm? on the internet? bad idea, I find it’s to hard to get across, and I think he did get your sarcasm he was just saying that he has his reasons for believing that it’s gonna be crap. He understands sarcasm considering his comment was one giant sarcastic remark.

          • William of Orange

            Well, it looks like a ” which one of the two commenters is the biggest asshole to one and other” contest. I think Cartmangus is a charismatic bastard, but Patrick is going for gold.

          • Patrick Esdam

            Yeah I’m done with this site for today, seems like people can’t keep it civil. Thanks for the insult. Please have a good day.

          • William of Orange

            Yeah, maybe I was a bit tรณรณ harsh. Sorry for that, didn’t really want to hurt your feelings.

          • No Place For Hayter

            lol, I’m a bad man when I find this whole thing really funny, I shouldn’t but I’ve seen things like it enough that I only find it funny now, and your comment made me laugh.

          • William of Orange

            Yeah, but I do feel a bit bad after Reading Patrick’s reply.
            Just because I’m a one of a kind asshole, doesn’t mean that I don’t know when to stop. His feelings were hurt, and I will apologize for my comment.

          • No Place For Hayter

            Do I spy a human being on the internet? I’m impressed ๐Ÿ™‚

          • William of Orange

            You don’t have to be impressed, it’s called decency (although I lack a huge amount of it, but whatever). People on the Internet use their anonymity to be a troll to every one, since nobody could retrace the location or information of the user (unless your with the CIA,NSA,AIVD, enter foreign intelligence agency here,etc.). I for one, don’t like to be a douchebag, because I’m anonymous and all (like I said, I’m a one of kind asshole). All jokes aside, I still felt the urge to apologize for my behavior towards Patrick. Cartmangus probably had a big smile on his face, after he read my comment.

          • No Place For Hayter

            Agreed, I don’t really get the online anonymous mentality, I’m a person they are people lets treat each other like people, of course people have many emotions but there is a problem when the majority are jerks, I myself only go as far as stating I have a different opinion and that other people should acknowledge that everyone has a different opinion and nobody can really change that. And that is why I’m here and not anywhere else is because I don’t see idiots or angry rude jerks here, occasionally I will someone who is over-opinionated but that is as worst as it gets. When 90% of people I see commenting on the internet are rude angry troll jerks and 10% aren’t and only about 1% apologize if they said something someone didn’t like, I have to be impressed every time I see that 1% because unfortunately that’s what the online mentality is.

          • William of Orange

            Sure, being nice to one and other on the Internet is an uncommon thing, but let’s make a thing on this website. Let me re adjust my statement, let’s be at least open for commentary from other users of this website. Think twice before you take a huge dump on a certain subject,opinion,
            Ideal,etc., because the community will chase and tear you apart like a pack of wolves. Btw, is it still possible to send feedback to Kojima productions? Not that I have anything to add to this list, but I’m curious about BB’s synthetic arm. Is it possible to send some ideas for BB’s arm to KojiPro?

          • Yes, you can still send feedback. About anything related to TPP I guess.

          • William of Orange

            Thanks, where exactly?

          • William of Orange

            Thanks, much appreciated.

          • glitchbomb

            Aww you guys! You just had a moment!
            NOW HUG!

          • William of Orange

            lol, knock it off or I’ll perform a cqc-slam on you!

          • glitchbomb

            Aww!

    • Yeah, better keep expectations low for this one. But still… it’s Metal Gear. Most fans will still be curious about this project.

      • Patrick Esdam

        Low expectations are good, but completely shutting it out, before filming even started, that just seems a bit short sighted to me.

        • Agreed, I’m wondering how it will be. Maybe it’s good, and if it’s not, that’s not a huge problem either.

          • William of Orange

            MGS had some great moments, but I’m afraid that Avi rather sticks with the TTS version, than the original version. Snake will jump on missiles and Liquid performs a backflip on a railing. Yeeeejie.

          • Patrick Esdam

            Good thing is, no ones forcing anyone to buy or see it.. But, as we’ve seen with Ground Zeroes, people will still complain.

          • William of Orange

            Yeah, you’re absolutely right. There will always be pessimistic people like me who complain about everything. But the idea of seeing MGS 2 on the big screen ( if that ever happens), sounds terrifying.

          • No Place For Hayter

            I wouldn’t call it complaining, I call it voicing concerns, when someone voices their concerns for something they obviously care very much about it, you wouldn’t go online and needlessly voice concerns and dislikes for something if you don’t care about it, I give way more credit to the people who voice concerns and dislikes because they are true to who they are and what they like and what they like about it; to me, someone who has no dislikes or concerns and happily loves every new thing, is blind to a great many things and I don’t give there opinion any merit, and there are people who don’t comment at all, because they know voicing their concerns and dislikes online in messages is pointless and would only incite people with other opinion, which you will always get because everyone has a different opinion and they except that every has a different opinion and no ones opinion is greater than anybody else’s .

          • Patrick Esdam

            Well I don’t care about a series, game or anything related more than I do MGS.
            But being concerned about something like this just seems a waste of time to me.. I would understand if it was a matter of life or death or perhaps concerning a way of living, like what happened in Ukraine, but this is just a movie.. Its not like its gonna mess up anyones life.. I mean, no ones forcing ANYONE here.

          • No Place For Hayter

            First world problems, lol ๐Ÿ™‚

          • glitchbomb

            Funny you mentio GZ, I remember you complaining about stupid people bitching about certain things in the game, and MGS in general, and in the process you were defending MGS.

            But hey! It is just a game and other random peoples feelings about it. Why are you dealing with that when PEOPLE ARE DYING MAN!!?

            IF this movie bombs, i would hate for someone to associate the greatness that is MGS with the film, and then feel like I have to defend my love of the series. Sometimes as an MGS fan, its hard enough.

            I know very well it wouldn’t be the end of the world and i understand it is just a film, aaand bigger things are happening in the world, but then where do you draw the line? Should we stop playing MGS and even visiting websites like this because there are bigger issues going on in the world that demand our attention? Should we drop everything and dedicate our lives to a bigger picture?

            The fact is, we all often worry about things that can possibly effect us in a negative way.
            Big and small. Just because that worry is about a small thing, a very small thing, doesn’t mean we should completely disregard it. We are complex creatures, most of us can handle dealing with both types of issues.

          • Patrick Esdam

            I was defending the fact that they were insulting people who actually bought the game.. Its got nothing to do with anything related to this.

            But I’m done with this, seems like my input aren’t appreciated, so fuck it, I’ll just stay offline.

          • glitchbomb

            I am not talking about that, and -I- appreciate your input. Stop being a child. If everyone “stayed offline” because someone had a diff opinion the net would be a ghost town. And porn. A porny ghost town.

            I am more interested in why you feel we shouldnt be concerned about this simply because it is not life threatening.
            Am I wrong about what I stated? If so, please let me know.
            I for one can juggle issues according to severity.

          • Patrick Esdam

            Nah, its not about being childish. I just don’t feel like being online leads to anything but one giant loop where people complain about worthless stuff, and staying offline would significantly improve my lifespan.

            As for my final comment.
            Being concerned about something as small as this, is a waste of time, but I’m not gonna get more in to it because, you will, like I said, loop this, disagree with me. Waste of time.

            I enjoyed the series way more when I didn’t go online, so this is it for me.
            Goodbye.

          • No Place For Hayter

            If you know someone doesn’t agree with you and won’t than just agree to disagree no need to get offended, this is the internet.This does not sound like the nicest thing but ‘you cannot be as sensitive as you are in the real world on the internet’ you have far more people from far more places with far more opinions that is bound to rub you the wrong way, on the internet you have to give people a lot of leeway for them to be themselves whether it be strange, nice, rude, angry, obtuse, awesome, or godly, you gotta except the internet and the mentalities of the people on it and be OK with that. You think it’s a waste of time, he thinks humans are complex creatures and we worry and think about all things big or small, if you disagree than agree to disagree it is only a difference of opinion, getting offended on the internet is like going to another country and getting offended by the culture and practices of the people there, gotta have leeway on the internet, I mean it would be nice if everyone was on their best behavior while on the internet but the fact is most people aren’t, in a nice place like this if you aren’t willing to except other view points and agree to disagree without having to prove your point to anyone, you will come across as the bad guy, it’s best to only voice your personal opinion when it can actually by part of a conversation, but needless comments which will only irritate and alienate people with specific opinions and holds no other purpose than to throw your opinion in other peoples faces will only get you flak, if you want to voice your opinion lay out in front of us don’t throw it in our face, fight for it, and expect us to make it our belief as well, we are glad to have MGS fans in the community here and I’m sure none of us here would want you to leave just because there was a difference of opinion that expanded to far.

          • William of Orange

            I admire your effort, no Hayter, but it’s no use. The guy decided to go offline and you can’t force a person to stay in a community. I think his reaction is a bit ridiculous, but judging by Glitchbomb’s GZ comment, Patrick had some issues with the community. Now you’re asking him to stay, just because he no longer wants to be a part of this community. That’s like punching some guy in the stumick and order him to fight back, because that’s what you’d expect from the average person. Neh, I noticed that I usually create a confrontation. I should drop that attitude. I’m not telling you to too change, though. You’re a wonderful individual.

          • No Place For Hayter

            (Reading comment) Agreed,

            (Finishes reading comment, ego inflates) thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

          • Solid Snakes Revenge

            Don’t let one or a couple people ruin it for you dude. I’m here because I think Nyxus does a helluva good job with this page and I genuinely like the community on here. It would be sad if this place turns into a ghost town because people can’t get along.

          • glitchbomb

            That’s the spirit!

          • Ian Reay

            just as long as kojima keeps on making awesome Metal Gear games in the future like GZ and TPP, i wont care much if its not as successful as the games are.

          • prothy

            Wait a sec… Are you THE Ian Reay

  • The Real Snake

    Just another way to milk out the series further…and avi arad omg hate this faggot

    • Anonymous X

      Couldn’t agree more.

  • Zven

    I care. I love cinema as much as Kojima, so I really care about this. It has the potential of being something completely new and amazing, of course it could also go the other way, especially if you look at the videogame adaptations that have happened in the past. But here in this site we all know Metal Gear is not just a videogame, and I think because of that we’re already one step ahead of “just a videogame adaptation”. I’d rather have an original story than one based on MGS1 though. But let’s wait and see, I may be wrong but so far we don’t have anything solid (pun intended) to base our opinions on.

    • Janeo

      I think it would be wrong to do the mgs1 story I think the best thing they could do is base it on mgs3 but I doubt they will do that because they will want sequels and they can’t make a movie based on mgs5 so soon after the game. They will most likely start from mgs1 but I’m hoping they go for the original metal gear I think that could be good

  • Ricardo Oe

    Yeaahhh…Boy….

  • Ma2a

    If they fuck this up, the stupid people gonna identify the game with the fuck-up movie. Metal Gear? That Uwe Boll movie crap?

  • Solid Snakes Revenge

    I’ve been waiting a long time for this. And I could see this being a really good movie. If they start with mgs1 I feel some people are going to get confused if they end up jumping around on the timeline for the sequels but as a long time fan of the series I don’t see how this could be bad.

    • Janeo

      Same here I don’t know why people are dismissing before they have even started the script, it has a good chance of being bad but metal gear could work as a movie better then pretty much every game so there is a chance. I think it would be really cool if they started at metal gear who wouldn’t wanna see solod snake vs big boss

      • Solid Snakes Revenge

        I just feel it’s gonna be hard for them to make this movie without confusing the Hell outta a non metal gear person. If they start at metal gear there might be too much jumping around in storyline. I think if it happens it will be mgs1 but in my opinion I think I’d like to see mgs3 just to start at the beginning so it’s less confusing for a non fan.

  • crimsonfox

    I wanted them to make one of MGS1 forever. But after playing MGS3 I really want a movie based on that one. Or even a prequel fleshing out The Boss and it ending when she has her son. Then the second one being MGS3 and snake killing her off at the end could have the audience truly invested in her character and feel the pain like Snake does when he finds out what her actual mission was. Idk…something like that haha

    • Alex

      Having a Boss movie would be a great idea, and not insult anyone for changes in the progress.

      • crimsonfox

        Also chicks would like the love story between her and The Sorrow. Chicks eat that shit up haha.

  • Alex

    Nyxus, if you follow movie news like I do, you would know this is HUGE, significant progress. But even then something could happen and they go all the way back to square 1. Happens all the time with movies and adaptations.

  • MrVux007

    Mine advice ,hope for the worst and you wont be so dissapointed when you watch this / if you watch this movie….

  • No Place For Hayter

    I’m I the only one that does not care about the MGS movie?

    • Anonymous X

      No you are not

    • William of Orange

      ( awful shakespearean accent) I TOO…*dramatic pause* DONT give a darn about the MGS movie!! Maybe a little bit. Just a tiny bit…..

  • Jonny2x4

    I’m not against the idea of a Metal Gear movie, but it’s kinda redundant at this point. Not because of the whole “MGS games are really movies” meme that people like to spout off every so often, but modern videogames are already quite cinematic as they are and the graphics are already achieving a high level of photo-realism. It would be interesting if the movie at least had an original take on the mythology and isn’t just a straight adaptation of a particular game (as long as they don’t go too crazy like in those shitty Resident Evil movies).

  • prothy

    Why isn’t anyone talking about who will direct it? Arad is the producer! However, I think Guillermo del Toro is a great director.

    • No Place For Hayter

      Agreed, much agreed, Arad’s name is attached to the movie a lot but he is not in control of the project I want to know who is directing it. Yeah Guillermo del Toro is a great director and I need At The Mountains of Madness.

  • glitchbomb

    o.O

    uh oh
    Hate to say it but it is hard for me not to be a little worried

    • William of Orange

      Hahaha, this comment made my day!

  • Anonymous X

    And I’m sure Kiefer Sutherland has been cast for the role?

  • XIFF-5

    I would say Animation movie like cutscenes but with better graphics would be much better than a real actors doing it, cuz it won’t feel like an mgs movie with an actor doesn’t look like snake or any other character.

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