I gotta admit as much as I loath video game adapted films, Metal Gear Solid is a film I'm really looking forward to seeing. Unfortunately for me and fortunately for others the film is currently at a stand still. The film should be moving forward right? Wrong. According to writer David Hayter, here's whats going on.
They’ve been trying to work out a deal between [creator Hideo Kojima] and [Sony]. A couple of years ago, a producer friend of mine asked me if I would be interested in doing the adaptation. And I said ‘Of course. I know it pretty well.’ I think I can say without contradiction that I know it better than any screenwriter on the planet. I’ve said every word that Snake has said. So I felt well-qualified
So he wrote the script for the film, turned it in and all of a sudden.... nothing happened. There are no real details about why the film adaptation fell through. It's reported that it could be due to political reasons on Konami's (the game publisher) side. Hayter adds,
On top of that, I don’t believe they were ever able to successfully close a deal between Mr. Kojima and Sony. This is all just stuff I’ve heard.
So from what it sounds like Konomi and game creator Hideo Kojima never had a solid deal in the first place. Maybe they were waiting for the script to come in, and once they read they decided not to proceed. As for that script here what Hayter had to say about it.
I did come up with a pitch for the movie which I thought was pretty cool and I would still love to do. But there are far larger issues in terms of who’s going to get the rights to do it and what sort of involvement Mr. Kojima is going to have. All that needs to be worked out before I would ever come up.
I really want to spring some things on people. Having been intimately involved with ‘Metal Gear,’ I would like to give people a story that will grab the fans. The fans will know the context that we’re talking about once they see the trailers. They’ll say ‘Oh my god, they’re going there.’ But they won’t quite know how the story is going to unfold or what some of the big surprises are going to be. And that’s really the only way to keep a movie [adaptation] interesting
Well, it would be cool to see the film brought to life, but at this point who knows when it will happen. And when it does will Hayter and his script be involved? I guess well just have to wait and see.
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