For years, fans have been waiting for news on the Metal Gear Solid film project that is supposedly in the works at Sony. Film makers have had very little to share about the project, until now.
In an interview with Collider, Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Kong: Skull Island) revealed with great enthusiasm that he intends on seeing the project through to completion. He is passionate about the franchise, and will ensure that it remains true to its source material.
“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” said Vogt-Roberts.
An obstacle that may prevent the film from reaching its true potential, could lie in its MPAA rating. Vogt-Roberts is open to an R-rated version of Metal Gear Solid, but would likely result in a far smaller budget. Or, he 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.
While the original Metal Gear Solid is certainly violent, there aren’t many instances of outright blood and gore that are crucial to the plot.
Video game movies often fall short of box-office expectations, but perhaps Vogt-Roberts could break the cycle.