If there’s one video game franchise that deserves a great film adaptation, it’s Hideo Kojima‘s cinematic Metal Gear Solid series, but considering its sprawling, convoluted plots, and outlandish visuals, one could argue that a movie based on the games might be an incredibly difficult undertaking. Nevertheless, Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts seems confident in his abilities to adapt the story to the big screen, but it wasn’t easy convincing studio executives of his qualifications to do the series justice.
Vogt-Roberts recently had a brief interview with IGN over the weekend during San Diego Comic-Con 2017 in which he shared his vision for the perfect movie version of Metal Gear Solid and gave a succinct rundown of how he came to be the director of the film after fighting for it over the course of about four years. As it so happens, the Kong: Skull Island director was originally told by Sony higher-ups that the movie adaptation of the Hideo Kojima franchise wouldn’t happen, with Vogt-Roberts saying, “There was a Metal Gear book on an executive’s desk and I was like, ‘I want to do that, you have that?’ and they said, ‘You can’t do that.’”
Although Vogt-Roberts was initially told Metal Gear Solid was off the table, he didn’t give up, spending the next three months compiling information together in a “bible” that showed off his true knowledge of the franchise, and also discussed how previous video game adaptations to films go wrong. He went on to explain how the porting process involves translating the “active experience” of playing a game into the “passive experience” of watching a movie. Perhaps most interestingly, Vogt-Roberts declared that he didn’t care if the studio simply took his ideas and never hired him to direct, as he explained, “All I want in my life is to see a great Metal Gear movie.”
Without a doubt, Vogt-Roberts’ enthusiasm for his take on the Metal Gear Solid franchise will be seen by Kojima acolytes as a sign that the film adaptation is in good hands, but there’s still a long ways to go before its completion, as the movie’s currently in pre-production. So, while Metal Gear fans wait for the flick to hit theaters, they can at least bide their time by playing the games.
The Metal Gear Solid movie has yet to receive an official release date.
Source: IGN – YouTube