This may seem like old news to some of you by now, but I just wanted to add my two cents to it. Now if you don't know, "Metal Gear Solid" looks like it'll be coming to a theater near you very soon. And it looks like Columbia Pictures has their eye on "Equilibrium" director Kurt Wimmer to write and direct. Let me just show you the article and I'll go on with what I have to say.
On the red carpet for Sony's upcoming Vegas crime caper 21, appropriately held at Vegas' Planet Hollywood Casino, ComingSoon.net had a few minutes to chat with the film's producer Michael De Luca--who mentioned that he was a fan of the site--and we talked with him about his new movie plus a few of his projects in the works.
There have been a lot of video game movies in recent years of varying qualities, but one game that seems almost perfectly suited for the cinema experience is Konami's "Metal Gear Solid" and now that the writers strike is over, De Luca and Columbia Pictures can get back in gear (ha ha) and move forward with bringing the game to the big screen.
A few years ago, when Kurt Wimmer's action sci-fi flick Equilibrium came out, fans of the video game were clamoring for him to direct a movie based on the video game, and at the red carpet, De Luca told ComingSoon.net that they hope to meet with Wimmer in the next few weeks to talk about him writing the script (and presumably directing), so hopefully there'll be an announcement and more development with this project soon.
Now I'm a huge fan of "Equilibrium" and I still believe it to be one of the most underrated sci-fi action films of all time. If you haven't seen the movie, please find it and see it today. Hell... if I had money to waste, I'd send copies of this movie to everyone who had the slightest interest in seeing it. Don't download it, buy it.
I believe it to be that good. It makes The Matrix look like a Disney film and I enjoy The Matrix, but don't love it like I do this film. This film introduced Gun-Kata and that alone restored my faith in action shoot em up movies all over again.
Here's the sad part. Kurt Wimmer is also responsible for that Milla Jovovich, Resident Evil abortion called "Ultraviolet." Now this film broke my already cold dead heart. I remember being so pumped for this movie when I read that Kurt Wimmer was writing and directing it, I wanted destroy something I was so excited. Then I saw the film and boy was that a kick to my metal nuts and bolts! I felt as if Kurt was playing a cruel joke on me. Me! Now, I have no idea what the hell happened with that film and I don't think we'll ever now. On the dvd there was no commentary by the guy and when the film hit the theaters he was nowhere to be found. That movie was just one big mess of a turd. In other words. Don't see this film. It suffers from bad editing, acting and too many crazy ideas.
Saying that. I really, really hope that Kurt Wimmer can do justice to this property if it does fall into his lap. There's still a small part of me that thinks this director can once again WOW me with his great visual style of action and hopefully give me a decent story to boot. I can only hope. Here's a badass scene from Equilibrium featuring the Gun-Kata at work. Oh...and you should always remember to leave Christian Bale's dog alone.