Metal Gear Solid film in serious development! This director has vision! Kojima is involved!

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""A feature film adaptation of the beloved video game franchise Metal Gear Solid has been in the works for a long while now, but it gained some steam in February 2014 when filmmaker Jordan Vogt-Roberts—fresh off his unique Sundance indie Kings of Summersigned on to take the helm for Sony. Vogt-Roberts soon thereafter became mighty busy as he took the helm of Warner Bros. and Legendary’s King Kong reboot Kong: Skull Island, but now that that film is about to hit theaters, Vogt-Roberts may have more time to devote to Metal Gear Solid.

But where, exactly, does that movie stand? Is it actually happening? Is it Vogt-Roberts’ next film? When Collider’s own Steve Weintraub caught up with Vogt-Roberts at the Kong: Skull Island press day, he asked the filmmaker for an update:

“Metal Gear Solid is probably the most important franchise to me on the planet. It is such a genius, idiosyncratic work and being able to spend time with [Hideo] Kojima recently has been like a dream. He’s the best and his whole team is the best. We are working on the script. That is a property that I will fight tooth and nail to make sure is done properly because it’s so easy to screw it up and so easy for a studio to try and make it into G.I. Joe or try and make it into Mission: Impossible or try and make it into something that it’s not. Metal Gear Solid needs to be exactly what it needs to be, which is Metal Gear Solid.”

Image via Warner Bros.

Indeed, as Vogt-Roberts discusses the film his passion for the property becomes perfectly clear. He pointed out that fans might see a taste of his Metal Gear take in Kong: Skull Island, and noted that the video game franchise is unique in that it’s been shepherded by the same creative voice over the course of its lifetime:

“It’s so interesting because unlike a comic book that’s had 40 writers or 100 writers over the course of a decade or two decades or whatever, for decades now Metal Gear Solid has essentially had one voice. So you’re dealing with a highly, highly specific property that’s idiosyncratic to one persona and one person’s point of view and the way in which they interpret sort of culture and Western culture and twist that back around into this super pure amazing property that has a tone that I think is unlike anything else that is out there. I actually think that when people see [Kong] they’ll realize like, ‘Oh tonally there are things that sort of line up with this’ where this can be incredibly serious and dark and intense or it can also be incredibly goofy and kind of take the piss out of itself and be slapstick at times, much like Metal Gear. Luckily there are amazing producers on it, but that’s a property that is so pure and important to my soul, because it’s something that I grew up on, that I would love to shepherd into the film that it needs to be. I think it’d be a massive film, I think it’d be an incredible film, but it needs to be done in a way that completely honors what Metal Gear is because it’s a classic and it’s a seminal work not just in video games, but in media.”

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Given that the Metal Gear Solid property revolves around Special Ops, the opportunity to make an R-rated movie is certainly there. But while Vogt-Roberts acknowledges that films like Deadpool and Logan have opened the door to R-rated blockbusters with smaller budgets, he says the Metal Gear Solid movie could go either way:

“I think that for me, I want to make the version of the movie that is most true to what it needs to be, so if that is a Deadpool or Logan route where you go with a smaller budget and you’re able to make it R, great. If you need to blow it out more and really get that bigger budget and go PG-13, I think it could exist in both avenues. There are hyper-violent parts to Metal Gear but I would not necessarily call the hyper-violent part the core element of it versus like the tone and the voice and the philosophies that the characters exhibit. Those characters sort of are these walking philosophies, so I think nailing that part is far more important necessarily than thinking about the rating at this point, because right now we’re just trying to get the best version of it.”

When asked if the uncertainty about the rating has affected the screenwriting process, Vogt-Roberts said that right now he’s simply focused on finding the best way to turn Metal Gear Solid into a movie:

“I think right now the more important thing is let’s nail the voice, let’s nail a story that makes sense. You look at the scope of the Metal Gear world and you go all the way back to the ‘60s and before that in the lore, and then you go to the more contemporary games in the near-future and stuff like that, you’re dealing with decades and decades and decades of characters. You’re dealing with like okay how do Snake and Big Boss interact, how does Zero and all these other people interact with each other? How do you pick and choose the cyborg ninja and the sniper wolf and all these people and have them fit into a narrative that makes sense?”

The filmmaker went on to say that his main goal is making a film that Metal Gear Solid superfans like himself will find satisfying:

“So first and foremost beyond thinking about budget, I wanna find the version that someone like you who’s like a superfan of this property would say, ‘They did it. That’s my Metal Gear. That’s my shit.’ Beyond it being a video game movie, beyond the difference between active experience and passive experience and why people haven’t been able to translate an active experience into a good passive experience in the shape of a film, beyond that question to me it’s not even about being a video game movie, Metal Gear is an important story, an important set of characters. So it just needs to be approached right now from how we nail that, and once we nail that then budget questions will happen, then those things will happen down the road, but right now I’m just working with incredible producers and trying to make a version that you or a Metal Gear megafan would be proud of and where people would be comfortable with that version to say, ‘I know this is different, I know this is not exactly the way a normal movie might go, but this is very Metal Gear’ and that is what will make random Joe Schmoe in Nebraska who has no idea what Metal Gear is, that is what will make them fall in love with this franchise and with Solid Snake and these people, and that is what will make them say—beyond the nerdverse and things like that who already accept this thing as super important—it’s such a potentially massive thing that we’re focused on getting that right first.”

As I said, Vogt-Roberts’ passion for the material is absolutely clear here, so one imagines he won’t be settling for a film adaptation that falls short. Whether that proves to be too risky an approach for the studio or not remains to be seen, but I do hope his version of the film comes to fruition.""

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Metal Gear Solid doesn't fit into a 2 hour long movie. The cutscenes in the game are way longer than that. I don't think it could work.

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Well, I'm not exactly looking forward to Skull Island but the way he talks about the franchise certainly gives me some hope. Not sure how Kojima's departure and Konami's dive off the deep end might effect the picture. If it does finally come to fruition, I don't think it needs an M rating and would benefit more from the bigger budget of a PG-13 film.

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Well, I'm not exactly looking forward to Skull Island but the way he talks about the franchise certainly gives me some hope. Not sure how Kojima's departure and Konami's dive off the deep end might effect the picture. If it does finally come to fruition, I don't think it needs an M rating and would benefit more from the bigger budget of a PG-13 film.

Well it's been planned for a long time and this guys story into why he loves film and wants to do a MGS movie is similar to Kojima's wanting to be a director and settled for games. So maybe he and Kojima could connect and relate through that. Who knows, it's still his brain child and this guy wants to make a good MGS movie and believes Kojima is absolutely essential to that. So Kojima could be working with him and doing the director a favor, NOT Konami.

It's not like Kojima didn't nod to it in the past!

And proof that Vogt-Roberts is meeting with Kojima is in picture as well.

I'm sure Kojima wants MGS to do well for the sake of the legacy of the series and the fans. Vogt-Roberts feels the same, and so do I. Even if we all still play the game called: "FUCK KONAMI"

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Gawd, please no, just let it die already!

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Honestly, this franchise is so convoluted and complex that movie treatment is doomed to failure. It would need to be a TV series if it was to have any chance of success, and animated too I reckon.

Why do they keep going for the big budget move treatment. Look at Game of Thrones, could never be a series of movies because it's too big and complex. No game is on that level, but some game franchises are too big and complex to be satisfying movies.

Let Castlevania show us the way. I hope it will be great.

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This movie has already failed because Kojima is not the one directing it.

Kojima has a distinct way of doing things, his stories, camera work, the way he cuts and edits, his music choice, his ability to build suspense. There was one MGSV trailer that wasn't edited by Kojima himself and it was so vastly different in style and tone despite using the same source material.

You think an indie director out of any directors can capture Kojima's style? I wouldn't trust the best Hollywood got.

I don't know if a movie is enough to tell a MGS story, or if it can translate well what the games were.