Avi Arad has experience in getting adaptions on the big screen, with a portfolio that includes Spider-Man, Blade and Iron Man, but recently he’s been looking at turning the biggest video games into blockbusters.
Kotaku caught up with him during a recent interview in Beijing, speaking about his goals and accomplishments. Arad has his hand in all of the honey jars, involved with the film adaptions of Metal Gear, Uncharted and Mass Effect. He might not be too sure whether the film to game adaption has been pulled of successfully, but he thinks Uncharted could be the first.
“Converting games to film hasn’t been done yet successfully, though Resident Evil did very well—it was actually a great series.
“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].”
The Metal Gear movie is a lot further away, adaptions rarely make it through to the final product, but Arad is hopeful for the franchise.
“If you go to Metal Gear Solid, it’s actually full of storytelling, and with Metal Gear you have Cain and Abel.”
If the wait for a Metal Gear movie is killing you, then look away because the Mass Effect film is even further off.
“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.”
Perhaps things are finally looking up for film to video game adaptions, until then we always have Max Payne…