‘Metal Gear Solid’ Movie May Snag ‘Kings of Summer’ Director

Published 11 months ago by , Updated June 4th, 2014 at 10:10 am,

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There are few video game franchises which proved as formative and influential in the last few decades as Metal Gear Solid. The Japanese action game helped define the modern stealth genre, and has grown into one of the most unique and dense mythologies in the realm of triple-A gaming. Understandably, a movie adaptation of the series has been ‘planned’ by Sony Pictures for years with little to no progress, but it seems that the project may finally be moving forward, as reports claim a specific director now being courted.

That alone will be welcome news to fans, but the rumors are far more intriguing than video game-to-movie adaptations tend to be. According to Deadline, the director in early talks isn’t an established expert in the realm of covert ops or action films, but indie writer/director Jordan Vogt-Roberts.

Most recently earning praise for his coming-of-age film The Kings of Summer (as well as Nick Offerman: American Ham), Vogt-Roberts has earned significant notice among the Sundance crowd in just a few short years, also turning heads with his short film Successful Alcoholics starring Lizzy Caplan (Cloverfield, Masters of Sex) and Vogt-Roberts’ business partner T.J. Miller (Transformers: Age of Extinction, Big Hero 6).

It should be obvious to anyone even remotely familiar with Metal Gear Solid why Vogt-Roberts being sought out is an odd choice; his short resume may be impressive and award-winning (Successful Alcoholics can be viewed online here), but doesn’t feature the kind of story or sclae one would expect from a futuristic tale of global warfare.

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T.J. Miller and Lizzy Caplan in ‘Successful Alcoholics’

In comparison, Ubisoft’s espionage thriller Splinter Cell has not only landed a certified star in Tom Hardy (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises), but a director well-versed in the genre of covert action and drama in Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Edge of Tomorrow). There’s no question that Splinter Cell‘s progress has applied pressure to Sony’s schedule, likely eager to keep their storied franchise from being beaten to the punch.

Whatever their reasons, the news implies a clear vision – something that has held up the process for years. Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima has established himself as one of the most eccentric minds in Japanese game development, with many entries in the series containing enough cut-scenes to compose a full-length film on their own. It was no surprise, then, that a “difference in vision” between developer and studio was claimed to be the major obstacle in development.

Producer Avi Arad (The Amazing Spider-Man, Iron Man) cited the lengthy cinematics in the series as a large reason adapting the game to film would be easier than other properties, but turning game into script isn’t going to be easy no matter how much of the legwork the games have completed. However, Vogt-Roberts’ possible involvement offers some hints as to the studio’s vision.

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It was the covert operative ‘Solid Snake’ who became the face of the series when it appeared on the Sony PlayStation, but the sly hero is actually a clone of the legendary covert operative dubbed ‘Big Boss,’ a major player in the black ops of the 1960s. As is usually the case when cloning is involved, the plot becomes far more complicated from there on out.

How to welcome an audience into that kind of far-fetched fiction is the obvious challenge, but it doesn’t hurt that the voice of Snake – voice actor David Hayter – was also a screenwriter, working on scripts for X-Men, X2: X-Men United, Watchmen and being attached to the rumored Black Widow standalone film. Hayter also developed a screenplay for Metal Gear Solid years ago, but the recent re-casting of the role (with Kiefer Sutherland) puts that working relationship in serious doubt.

Aside from all other factors, Vogt-Roberts has shown a flair for complex relationships, ranging from young boys to troubled adults. Those strengths could be put to use in all aspects of Metal Gear Solid‘s world, but his preference for a dark humor is still somewhat confusing. Then again, fellow indie director Colin Trevorrow was handed the reins to Jurassic World after showing similar strengths with the offbeat Safety Not Guaranteed. So perhaps Sony is simply following their competitors’ lead.

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Hopefully an official announcement will be made soon, so a clearer picture of the studio’s plans for the film can begin to form. For now, what do you make of the report? Is Vogt-Roberts the kind of fresh perspective that a series as unique as Metal Gear Solid will need, or would you prefer they turn to a more seasoned blockbuster director? Share your thoughts in the comments.


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  1. Yeah, well, Avi Arad is involved. Can’t say I have high hopes.

  2. I have been waiting for this movie to happen ever since I played MGS on PS1. And the desire for it has grown with each each game that has followed. Regardless of who directs it, I’m just so excited to see that maybe the gears are in motion :)

  3. Snaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaake

  4. I’d love to see this happen, if they can bring along the epicness of the games but without the cheese.

    • Kiefer Sutherland starring as Snake, would be the only right actor to play this role!!!

    • Kiefer Sutherland starring as Snake, no one else can pull it off!

  5. Will never happen. Kojima will never approve any script or changes needed to make it a feature film.

  6. If only it were 20 years ago…Clint Eastwood would make the most perfect Solid Snake. Maybe he can be cast as Big Boss/Naked Snake instead?

    • If your going 20 years ago then you would have had to go with the man Michael Biehn.

      • Good pick, though I’d go with Michael Biehn NOW for Solid Snake. Clint Eastwood for Big Boss. Make it happen. Do this film justice.

  7. Ok Ok, there goes the franchise. Mark my words they will F this up. i own all the games from msx version to mgs V. its a movie on its own. Goodbye metal gear

  8. Michael Bay should direct this. Jut look at “The Rock”

  9. Hugh Jackman for Solid/Liquid Snake

  10. Are you guys for real? This has Idris Elba written all over it.

  11. In an interview with the Nerdist podcast, this director said he was in the talks for a video game movie. I guess this is that project.

  12. I really hope this movie is done well.

  13. I wonder who will they cast for the members of the foxhound unit and the legendary soldier The Boss and how Metal Gear Rex will look.

  14. I wish they would make a movie based on the original Metal Gear for MSX. The story is very thin, which could allow for so much more creative interpretation. Use all of the prequel games (MGS3, Portable Ops, Peace Walker, MGSV) to flesh out the characters’ backstories and the world of Metal Gear. Also, many people outside of Japan have never played the original game, so it could be a relatively new experience for many game players as well as casual movie goers. Let’s face it, MGS has a crazy convoluted story that would be incredibly hard to adapt to screen unless you changed many things.

    I will keep my hopes up for this, but I fear it will be a mediocre film.

  15. Solid Snake: Christian Bale
    Director: Christopher Nolan