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With movies that range from horrible to mediocre at best in terms of quality, it's evident that film adaptations still have a long way to go. Because of this, it's understandable why , one of the biggest names in the video game industry, has been taking his time with the film version of his most well-known and beloved work: .

(Check out the trailer for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain below.)

After being announced in 2006, the Metal Gear Solid movie lingered in development for more than a decade. For fans who wanted to see Solid Snake fight terrorists on the big screen, the lack of information regarding the movie was a form of torture all on its own.

But recently, the silence was broken when director Jordan Vogt-Roberts talked about the Metal Gear Solid movie and why it's been taking so long to adapt.

It's A Precious Property

'Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain' [Credit: Konami]
'Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain' [Credit: Konami]

Jordan Vogt-Roberts, who has been attached to the project since 2015, described the Metal Gear Solid games as one of the "most precious properties" he's ever encountered. His personal connection the games convinced him to fight for the rights to adapt it to film - a long fight that he eventually won.

While talking to We Got This Covered, the Kong: Skull Island director revealed that the main reason for the adaptation's delays lied in the difficulty of translating the Metal Gear Solid essence for the big screen.

" is one of the most tricky and idiosyncratic properties on the planet, where the creator’s voice, Hideo Kojima, is a genius. It would also be one of the easiest properties for Hollywood to mess up...

It’s the type of thing where it would be very easy for Hollywood to be like, “Oh, it’s like Mission: Impossible!” No, it’s not Mission: Impossible. “It’s like G.I. Joe!” No, it’s not G.I. Joe. Metal Gear Solid IS Metal Gear Solid and can only be Metal Gear Solid.

'Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain' [Credit: Konami]
'Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain' [Credit: Konami]

The entire Metal Gear Solid franchise (that is composed of nearly 20 entries) has a unique tone that sets it apart from other video games. Not only do the games comment on the complexities of war in a cinematic manner and break the fourth wall whenever they get the chance to, but they also tell the story of the legendary soldier Solid Snake in such a way that maximizes the storytelling capabilities of the video game medium.

In a way, Metal Gear Solid is a story that can only be told through a gaming console.

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The director also reaffirmed his commitment to the potential film franchise and reassured fans how much getting the film right means to him personally, saying:

"There is no other property on the planet that I would want to protect and shepherd more than the 'Metal Gear Solid' property."

Though he didn't reveal anything specific, Jordan Vogt-Roberts confirmed that the movie is still in the works. Currently, Metal Gear Solid is being written and being double checked by the film's producers.

Metal Gear At The Movies

Stealth in 'Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons Of Liberty' [Credit: Konami]
Stealth in 'Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons Of Liberty' [Credit: Konami]

After the Metal Gear Solid movie was first announced, rumors about big Hollywood names who were interested in the project circulated. Such names included actor Christian Bale wanting to portray Solid Snake, producer Michael De Luca's desire to finance the movie and even Resident Evil director Paul W.S. Anderson was eyeing the project.

In 2010, the Metal Gear Solid movie stalled due to a lack of progress and a bunch of rejected script treatments. Sony, the studio attached to the movie, offered a budget of $80 million, but and Kojima wanted more. Negotiations fell apart and brought the movie to a halt until 2012, when Avi Arad was confirmed to produce the film.

In 2015, Sony recruited writer Jay Basu and director Jordan Vogt-Roberts to bring justice to the legacy of Big Boss' decades long story. The two have been working hard alongside Kojima to breathe life into Solid Snake's film adaptation.

The Solid Snake legacy [Credit: Konami]
The Solid Snake legacy [Credit: Konami]

Based on the director's words and how much of a perfectionist Kojima is, it could be a long time before Metal Gear Solid makes it to the big screen. The Metal Gear Solid franchise is also known for having an incredibly long and oftentimes convoluted story that can confuse even the most dedicated of fans, which may also slow down a potential production.

Kojima was once quoted as saying that he considers his body to be "70 percent film." Given Kojima's clear love for the medium and the passion of the filmmakers he's working with, it's safe to assume that the Metal Gear Solid film is in the hands of the best creators a title such as Metal Gear deserves.

Fans of the games can rest easy knowing that the video game maestro will only approve of the best movie pitch possible.

[Sources: CinemaBlend, We Got This Covered]


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