Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts reveals that he still plans on one day making the Metal Gear Solid film that he’s signed on to direct.
For about a decade, fans have been waiting for news on the Metal Gear Solid film project that is supposedly in the works at Sony. For the most part, the filmmakers behind the Metal Gear Solid project have had little to share, but the film’s director, Jordan Vogt-Roberts, recently reaffirmed that he plans on seeing it through to completion.
The Kong: Skull Island director spoke to Collider, revealing more about the Metal Gear Solid movie than fans have learned since the film’s announcement nearly a decade ago. According to Vogt-Roberts, he wants to make sure that the film is true to the source material, and doesn’t end up like a generic Hollywood action movie.
“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 clearly has passion for the Metal Gear Solid franchise, which should give fans some confidence in his vision for the project. However, it seems as though part of the reason why he is so excited about the film has to do with spending time with franchise creator Hideo Kojima. Now that Hideo Kojima is no longer with Konami, and in fact Kojima seems to have split with the company on very bad terms, his future involvement with the Metal Gear Solid film seems like a longshot. After all, Konami’s protectiveness over its franchise has been pointed to as one reason why the film has been stuck in development hell for such a long time, and so it’s unlikely that the studio will let a former employee have any creative input on the project.
Something else that may keep the Metal Gear Solid movie from reaching its true potential is its MPAA rating. Vogt-Roberts is open to an R-rated version of Metal Gear Solid, which would be truer to the game’s M-rating, but would likely result in a much smaller budget. Alternatively, Vogt-Roberts could create a big budget version of Metal Gear Solid that would stand a better chance at doing some of the game’s crazier scenes justice, but would likely need to be PG-13 for the film studios to give it the go-ahead.
Vogt-Roberts pointed out that even if Metal Gear Solid had a PG-13 rating, it wouldn’t necessarily be that detrimental to the process of adapting the game for film. While the original Metal Gear Solid is certainly violent, there aren’t many instances of outright blood and gore that are integral to the plot. Vogt-Roberts could tone down some of the more violent sequences if needed to hit that PG-13 rating without sacrificing the elements that made the Metal Gear Solid video game series popular.
Vogt-Roberts seems to have put a lot of thought into how he will bring Metal Gear Solid to life in theaters, but even though he’s passionate, it doesn’t guarantee he would be successful at making the Metal Gear Solid film. Warcraft director Duncan Jones was passionate about that particular film adaptation as well, but it fell short of box office projections and was eviscerated by critics, putting the movie’s potential sequel in doubt. However, if the Metal Gear Solid film has a quality script that stays true to the source material, perhaps Vogt-Roberts could be the one to buck the trend and create the first great video game movie.
The Metal Gear Solid film is supposedly in development at Sony Pictures.