Uncharted Film Before Mass Effect, MGS

Marvel Studios founder and film producer Avi Arad hasn’t only got comic book film adaptations on his mind. Arad is also tied to several film adaptations of video games in the works, specifically three of the most critically lauded major franchises out there – “Uncharted,” “Mass Effect” and “Metal Gear Solid”.

Film versions of all three are in development, and Arad says it looks like things will stay that way a few years yet – well, at least until a real breakthrough hit happens. He tells Kotaku:

“Converting games to film hasn’t been done yet successfully, though 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.”

“Uncharted” seems to be the most likely to really break through, should it come together right. Of the three, it’s also the one likeliest to go into production first:

“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].”

Arad says he expects the “Metal Gear Solid” movie is “three or more years away,” while “Mass Effect” will be even further:

“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.”