If you would've asked whether or not superhero movies would be as big as they are 15 years ago, chances are that movie execs would laugh in your face. The same can be said about video game adaptations today. Will they be as big as The Avengers? Super producer , best known for bringing Marvel properties like Spider-Man to the big screen, certainly seems to think so. In addition to publishers like Ubisoft developing new, unreleased IPs to consoles and the big screen, Arad is taking a stab at adapting well known franchises like Uncharted, Metal Gear Solid, Mass Effect.
Speaking to Kotaku, Arad said that we'll most likely be getting an Uncharted movie first, followed by a Metal Gear Solid movie in three years, and a Mass Effect movie in six.
"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," said Arad. "Now, the script has a lot of character [and] I think that has a shot at being the first one [to succeed]."
He then compares MGS to the Bible:
"If you go to Metal Gear Solid, it's actually full of storytelling," said Arad. He says that, as a storyteller, he's always looking to operas or The Bible. "And with Metal Gear," he says, "you have Cain and Abel."
He doesn't give us much on the Reapers, but his thoughts are still with your time:
"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," said Arad. "Love the project, it's getting there, it's been a lot of work; some movies take five, six years before they're ready."
If anyone can make video game movies as legitimate as comic book movies in Hollywood, it's Arad. Love him or hate him, he's definitely the king at taking different mediums and adapting them to the big screen. The main problem I could see these projects facing are if companies like Konami are less than willing to hand over rights for filmmakers and screenwriters to take liberties with the original stories. It'll be interesting to see how Arad's movies - which will come out years after the source material - do in comparison to something like Watch Dogs.