Avi Arad speaks to successful video game-film crossovers
Hollywood producer, Avi Arad, in a recent interview spoke to the potential of film crossovers for both the Metal Gear Solid and Uncharted series. Arad commented on past video game film adaptations, and believe that the “code” has yet to be cracked:
“Converting games to film hasn’t been done yet successfully. Resident Evil did very well – it was actually a great series. I think that film studios are bankers and filmmakers are risk takers and somewhere in between we meet on the battlefield. And the moment one video game movie goes through the roof, it’s the same thing that I’ve been through with comic books.”
He believes that largely narrative-driven games, such as Uncharted and Metal Gear Solid will have greater success in the film industry.
“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 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].”
However, both the Metal Gear Solid and Uncharted films are still in the early stages of development, according to Arad:
“If you go to Metal Gear Solid, it’s actually full of storytelling. 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.”
What games would you like to see as films?