Vogt-Roberts On Adapting “Metal Gear Solid”

In the wake of the success of “Kong: Skull Island,” filmmaker Jordan Vogt-Roberts says that he’s scored new found clout to help deal with his passion project – a film adaptation of Hideo Kojima’s beloved “Metal Gear Solid” game franchise.

Speaking with Gamespot recently regarding the new live-action trailer for “Destiny 2” which he directed, he says the success of ‘Kong’ saw “my standing sort of changed in that world” and as a result he was able to halt and course-correct the MGS film:

“I really give credit to the people I’m working with at Sony, the executives and the producers. I was able to go to them and say, ‘Let’s stop where we are, because I think we’re heading down a direction that doesn’t fully capture why people love this game, what Kojima’s voice is, why people who have played this game for decades love it, why people who have never played this game will love it.’

I was able to say, ‘Let’s really think about whether we’re making the truest, most balls-to-the-wall Metal Gear version of this – the most Kojima version of this. And even if that means we make it for a little bit less money, let’s make the version of this that’s true to what it is, fully committed to what Kojima’s voice is.’

So we’re sort of re-working the script right now, and hopefully we get a script that they are excited about, and then get more serious about making it …There’s a billion ways to do this wrong. Metal Gear is so tonally complex, it would be so easy for a studio to make it generic, make it G.I. Joe, make it whatever.

It’s like, ‘No, no no. If you’re going to do this, you have to double down and 100% not be afraid of what Metal Gear is.’ You have to fully commit to it, and that’s what’s going to make people fall in love with it.”

“Metal Gear Solid” as a franchise has famously hit a rough patch owing to the fallout between games publisher, Konami and series creator Hideo Kojima. Vogt-Roberts confirms he hasn’t had to deal with Konami as yet and he’s “very vocal about wanting to shepherd Kojima-san’s voice.”

So when will we see it? It certainly won’t be his next movie he confirms because there’s plenty to be done before that can happen. In a few years though, we may see Solid Snake’s big screen outing make its way into production.