Sony has officially announced that they will be bringing Konami’s hit videogame franchise Metal Gear Solid to the big screen. Deja Vu? Yes, I did write this exact story in February 2007, but producer Michael De Luca never got it off the ground. This time the announcement was made to video game fans attending the Metal Gear Anniversary event in Tokyo. Banners on display read “Metal Gear Solid Hollywood Movie”, and featured the Columbia Pictures logo.

Hideo Kojima confirmed a new Metal Gear Solid movie project is in the works during the presentation, this time with Spider-man producer Avi Arad on board.  Arad spoke to the audience, saying that he struggled for years to bring comics to the silver screen and that ”video games are the comic books of today.” Kotaku quotes Arad as saying that they “will take our time and tell the story with all the nuances, ideology, cautionary tales needed.”
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Hideo Kojima is perhaps a better filmmaker than he is a game designer. Since the Playstation’s Metal Gear Solid, Kojima has always attempted to push the envelope in terms of making video games cinematic. While it was merely an interesting artistic experiment on the PS1, Metal Gear Solid 2 & 3 on the Playstation 2 both managed to bring many new cinematic elements into the video game arena. With Metal Gear Solid 4, some would argue it’s more of a film than an actual game.

When playing these games, it’s clear that Kojima was very much inspired by some great films. Now you can check them out for yourself: Japanese media store Tsutaya is promoting 15 films that inspired the series. Some of the choices are fairly obvious (Heat, Die Hard), whereas some of the films left out are pretty damned surprising (no Escape from New York!). The full list is as follows: Read More »

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