Film producer Avi Arad, most known for a slate of successful Marvel comic movies like Spider-Man, Iron Man, and The Avengers, seems serious about video game flicks. He's spinning plates for movies based on the Uncharted, Metal Gear, and Mass Effect universes, and recently shared some insight about when to expect them and what he sees as the central stories in each.
First up will be Uncharted, which is the most fleshed out. "I think Uncharted will be very successful," he told Kotaku. "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]."
Next up would be Metal Gear, which Arad says is still at least three years away from release. It's in the early stages of studio negotiations, but he plans to meet with series creator Hideo Kojima soon. In that film, he expects the brotherly relationship to take center-stage. "If you go to Metal Gear Solid, it's actually full of storytelling," he said. "And with Metal Gear, you have Cain and Abel."
"The Mass Effect movie is seemingly the furthest out of his planned projects, but he says he particularly likes the way it turns science-fiction tropes on their head. "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," Arad said. "Love the project, it's getting there, it's been a lot of work; some movies take five, six years before they're ready."
Uncharted makes sense to be the first up, since it's been in development for years and even gone through script revisions since Arad was first attached in 2009. Mass Effect has similarly had Arad on-board but gone through writer changes. Metal Gear is the most recent one to be announced, having only been given word of it last year.