After sitting idle for almost three years, director Jordan Vogt-Roberts in recent interview with Collider hinted at the Metal Gear Solid adaptation’s progress while promoting the upcoming Kong: Skull Island.
2016 saw a year of disappointing video game adaptations with Warcraft falling flat and Assassin’s Creed just not living up to the hype it had garnered. However Vogt-Roberts is positive that a Metal Gear Solid adaptation will finally breakthrough as the first truly good video game adaptation:
“I think it’d be a massive film, I think it’d be an incredible film, but it needs to be done in a way that completely honors what Metal Gear is because it’s a classic and it’s a seminal work not just in video games, but in media.”
With Sony buying the rights to the Metal Gear Solid film franchise, Vogt-Roberts was quickly linked with the property back in 2014. In 2015, screenwriter Jay Basu was recruited to write a draft of the script, a draft that we aren’t sure was ever completed. However, since then there has been little to no updates regarding progress leaving many to wonder if we’ll ever see Solid Snake on the big screen. During the interview with Collider, the director hinted at the scripts progress and what was holding it up, stating:
“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 not an affirmative confirmation on the likelihood of eventually seeing the Metal Gear Solid adaptation, it is reassuring to see that the property has such a passionate man at the helm of the project. We can only wait and wonder if one of the greatest video game franchises of all time will finally give us the video game movie we deserve.