Producer Avi Arad outlines Uncharted, Metal Gear, and Mass Effect movies

Producer Avi Arad has outlined the timelines and some of his favored story beats for movies based on Uncharted, Metal Gear Solid, and Mass Effect.

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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.

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    August 30, 2013 2:00 PM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Producer Avi Arad outlines Uncharted, Metal Gear, and Mass Effect movies.

    Producer Avi Arad has outlined the timelines and some of his favored story beats for movies based on Uncharted, Metal Gear Solid, and Mass Effect.

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      August 30, 2013 2:25 PM

      this is the guy who was in charge of marvel movies before Kevin Feige, and he made a shitshow of it. this is why the x-men and fantastic four will be at FOX forever, and spiderman will be at sony forever.

      moron.

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        August 30, 2013 2:28 PM

        Isn't he responsible for creating Marvel Studios and getting them into making movies based on their own Licenses?

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          August 30, 2013 4:31 PM

          no i think Arad was the guy that sold/gave the endless licenses away. Feige is the one who created the Marvel cinematic universe, starting with Iron Man and Hulk.

          i'd love him forever for greenlighting a Guardians of the Galaxy movie.

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      August 30, 2013 2:33 PM

      They already made the Uncharted movies. The Indiana Jones trilogy.

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      August 30, 2013 2:50 PM

      No, no, and no. Thank you.

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      August 30, 2013 3:35 PM

      As much as I'd love a good set of Mass Effect Movies, I'm glad they're farther off. I really don't think the technology is quite there yet.

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      August 30, 2013 5:39 PM

      Nathan Fillion better get the lead role for Uncharted. That is all.

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        August 31, 2013 5:59 AM

        I wish they just made a The Mummy style movie about Uncharted. =P David Boreanaz as Nathan Drake and Bruce Campbell as Sullivan. Fillion is good but doesn't fit as Drake for me somehow?

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          August 31, 2013 8:18 AM

          I thought I remembered reading somewhere that the character of Drake was based on Nathan Fillion. I could be wrong though.

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            August 31, 2013 9:48 AM

            I think it's because Fillion always looks so smooth and Boreanaz so gruff. He's got the same smile and facial structure. Just a preference.

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      August 31, 2013 11:02 AM

      I'd be down for a proper cyberpunk Deus Ex movie. I have zero faith that any major studio would respect the source material or could pull it off, but I'd be down for a proper version.

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      September 2, 2013 7:10 PM

      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."

      I always got the impression that that was exactly how Star Trek TNG was putting things

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        September 3, 2013 2:18 PM

        Well, no, because humanity was part of the Federation along with the Vulcans and other races, with the whole pacifist prime-directive thing as their motivation. The Enterprise missions tended towards exploration and diplomacy, with any acts of war or violence being purely self-defense. The more aggressive races like the Romulans and Klingons looked down on the Federation for its pacifistic ways, but were generally regarded as less intellectually developed because of their constant war-waging and in-fighting.

        Man, and I'm not even a trekkie/er.