In a recent interview with Collider, the director of upcoming Metal Gear Solid movie, Jordan Vogt-Roberts, has discussed the creation process and confirmed that his film is still in development.
Video games turned into movies always has me worried. We’ve all seen our share of games being crapped all over when they move to the big screen (that’s right Silent Hill, Resident Evil, Tekken, King of Fighters, House of the Dead, Street Fighter – the whole lotta ya can go jump into a volcano). However when I heard Metal Gear Solid was getting its own movie I wasn’t as worried, since Hideo Kojima will be playing a vital role in assisting Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts with the script.
Ever since signing on to direct the movie in 2014, Vogt-Roberts and Kojima have been working together to create the perfect video game movie adaptation. Already the team-up has had mixed reactions, mainly because video game movies haven’t been successful at all, however Vogt-Roberts has spoken out and has stated that he has taken this into consideration to make sure the movie is done properly, especially for the fans.
“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. 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, I’m working with incredible producers and trying to make a version that you or a Metal Gear megafan would be proud of.”
Vogt-Roberts is also the director of Kong: Skull Island which is due in cinemas next month and looks visually amazing as well as promising. So with his high intense action sequences, suspense, and with Kojima’s guidance and his knack for creating strong story plots , I really do think that Vogt-Roberts’ Metal Gear Solid is heading in the right direction and will be the video game movie we want it to be.
“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.”
Although some are already doubting the movie is going to be made or suggesting it will be flop, positive fans are appreciating that Vogt-Roberts is looking thoroughly into the Metal Gear lore and its characters to piece together the best possible MGS movie.
“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,” he said. “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?”
There has been no mention of a release date but since Vogt-Roberts is currently tying up Kong: Skull Island it will be likely that he will be all hands on deck with Metal Gear once that wraps up.
As for the film’s rating, Jordan Vogt-Roberts explains:
“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.”
You can catch the full interview between Vogt-Roberts and Collider here