Jordan Vogt-Roberts has revealed more about his planned adaptation of beloved video game franchise Metal Gear Solid. Progress on the movie has been slow since the director landed the gig in 2014, but following the box office success of his previous movie Kong: Skull Island, development on Metal Gear seems to be progressing nicely.
The director has previously talked about his abiding love for the series, and wanting to make the “craziest, punk rock” movie version he possibly can. The success of Kong has no doubt given him a little more clout with Sony Pictures too, proving he can deliver a hit blockbuster that isn’t afraid to get a little goofy; after all, that’s a movie where Tom Hiddleston sliced up mutant birds with a samurai sword in slow motion.
In a new interview with Eurogamer to promote his live-action trailer for Destiny 2, Vogt-Roberts talks more about Metal Gear plans, confirming it won’t be a straightforward adaptation of any particular story from the games.
"I can't go into it too much. It's not a direct adaptation of any particular game. It'd sound too much like a modern statement to call it a remix, because that's not what it is, but it's trying to fuse a couple of different storylines together, and it's all tied together with a device I can't really talk about right now but that I'm really excited about. I think it's going to make a movie where people go 'whoah, I've not seen that before', and that's very cool. And I think it's very Kojima in its approach."
The interview makes the director’s love for the series clear, but it’s easy to see how it might be a tricky pitch to a studio. Despite the success of the franchise the storyline is famously messy, featuring different time periods, evil clones, a vampire, a cyborg ninja, and all manner of bizarre plot twists. The sheer oddness of the series mythology might have Sony Pictures a little worried, but as the filmmaker says in the interview, that might also be more acceptable in a “post-Deadpool” world.
Of course, if the film does go ahead there’s always the danger it could fall prey to the dreaded video game movie curse. Movie adaptations of beloved games are almost always disappointing to fans, and they rarely fare well with critics either. It was hoped recent movies like Duncan Jones' Warcraft or Assassin's Creed might help redeem the genre, but they ultimately failed to impress. That said, given Vogt-Roberts obvious passion for the material – and the amount of giddy fun he brought to Kong: Skull Island – there’s every chance his Metal Gear Solid movie could finally break the mould.