Metal Gear Solid Movie Still in the Works – May Go the Deadpool Route Says Film’s Director
A huge fear of every gamer is to have a poorly constructed movie adaptation of their favorite video game. Unfortunately, more often than not that seems to be the case, as seemingly most every movie adaptation of video games has ranged from less than stellar, to downright awful – the Resident Evil franchise aside. With every announcement of a new video game movie in the works, our hopes are raised that perhaps this time the directors will get it right … only for those hopes to be dashed mercilessly. This time, it is the Metal Gear Solid fans that are holding their breaths to see if their film will be treated better, or if it will even be made at all.
In an interview with Kotaku last year, it was revealed by producer Avi Arad that the Metal Gear Solid movie had been given a green-light for production, though nothing seemed to come of it until recently. In a recent interview with Collider, director Jordan Vogt-Roberts has spoken up, and he vows to his precious fans that he will do everything in his power to ensure the film adaptation of Hideo Kojima’s popular series going forward will be treated with utmost respect and kept true to the source material.
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.
Vogt-Roberts also went on to address the possible rating of the film, and the desire to incorporate all of the elements of the game series’ quirky personality: from being violently action packed, all the way down to puppy-cuddling endearing. “I want to make the version of the movie that is most true to what it needs to be,” he added in his interview. “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.”
In the grand scheme of things, Metal Gear Solid is going to be a difficult task to accomplish, no matter the audience watching it. There are hyper-hardcore fans of the game series who wish to see the very best of the game series’ heart and soul added to the film, but it also has to make sense for casual movie-goers who don’t know anything about Kojima’s hit series. It’s a difficult endeavor, but one that Vogt-Roberts is confident in tackling.
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.
So far the production for the live-action adaptation isn’t very far along yet, so it’s going to be some time before we hear anything else from the director’s chair. For now, we’ll just have to keep our fingers crossed that Vogt-Roberts keeps to his promises and delivers a video game movie that will make all of us proud. In the meantime, you can check out this article on the upcoming live-action Voltron movie for a bit of nostalgia, or for some laughs, you can check out the trailer for the upcoming Metal Gear Solid porn parody from Brazzers (of course even this surpasses the hard limits of last year’s raunchy Deadpool film, so please use discretion when the parody actually releases this summer).
So what do you think of the promises made by Jordan Vogt-Roberts? Do you believe he will be able to accomplish the impossible and make a video game film that exceeds our expectations? Are you a Metal Gear Solid fan? Share your thoughts in the comments below, or hop on over to our Don’t Feed The Gamers Disqus to share in the conversation there! Also, don’t forget to check out our Twitter for live gaming and entertainment news 24/7. As always … game on, friends!