The long-gestating Metal Gear Solid film has just picked up steam. Derek Connolly, who penned the box-office smash Jurassic World as well as the film’s upcoming sequel, has just been brought aboard to write the latest draft of the Hideo Kojima video game adaptation.
Adapted from the series launched in 1998, Metal Gear Solid will be directed by Kong: Skull Island filmmaker Jordan Vogt-Roberts. The Konami games follow Special Forces Operative Solid Snake who time and time again gets sent a mission that concludes with a battle against a super weapon known as “Metal Gear.” The story is infinitely more complex than that, often spreading across multiple decades and exploring themes such as the human condition, PTSD, and societal confines. There have been more than 10 games in the series and it has spanned nearly two decades.
Derek Connolly co-wrote Jurassic World and the upcoming Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and worked on Star Wars: Episode IX. Connolly has worked with Vogt-Roberts before, having penned the director’s Kong: Skull Island. He also wrote Monster Trucks but we won’t fault him for that.
Here is what director Vogt-Roberts said about his vision of adapting the game to the big screen in an interview earlier this year:
“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 … 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. I want to make the version of the movie that is most true to what it needs to be, so if that is a Deadpool or Logan route where you go with a smaller budget and you’re able to make it R, great. If you need to blow it out more and really get that bigger budget and go PG-13, I think it could exist in both avenues … Those characters sort of are these walking philosophies, so I think nailing that part is far more important necessarily than thinking about the rating at this point because right now we’re just trying to get the best version of it.”
Video game movies have not had a great track record. Just last year Assassin’s Creed, Warcraft, and the umpteenth Resident Evil movie failed to achieve any sort of box-office success (although China basically saved Warcraft) and achieved very little critical and audience reactions. Despite that track record, Sony is still pulling out some serious punches to make this Metal Gear Solid game a…Solid one (sorry). The Studio is also developing an Uncharted movie, with Spider-Man himself, Tom Holland set to star.
At this time there is no estimated release date for Metal Gear Solid but keep it here on GEEK for any further updates.
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