Hideo Kojima Tells METAL GEAR SOLID Movie Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts To "Betray Your Audience"
Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts is currently developing a feature film adaptation of Metal Gear Solid. This is a project that the director is extremely passionate about. He has said:
"It’s a movie I fought tooth and nail to try and attach myself to because it is potentially the most precious property on this Earth to me. And it is one of the most tricky and idiosyncratic properties on the planet."
He's also said that their goal is to "do justice to a movie that is unlike anything else that exists in movies or video games or anything." The filmmaker understands that this is a hard video game to adapt into a film, but he wants to give us the best feature film version of it that there can be. In another interview, he said:
"To me Metal Gear Solid is not just a great video game. Like I said I think it’s a great story. I think it’s a great story and a work of art. And a great like singular voice on this planet in terms of media. So my goal right now is to sort of work and make sure that we’re having the best version of that. So that fans and everyone can sort of experience the brilliance of [Metal Gear creator Hideo] Kojima’s work."
During E3 this week, Vogt-Roberts actually had a chance to sit down with Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima. While talking to Kojima, he asked if he had any advice for him as he's about to embark on this journey of making the movie. Kojima had a surprising response:
"Do the same thing as me, betray your audience."
What does that mean? It could mean a lot of things, but I think it means that he's saying that Vogt-Roberts should stay true to his creative vision and not give in to what the people or fans want. He needs to do what is right for the movie for better or for worse.
One thing is clear, and that's that Vogt-Roberts is a huge fan of Metal Gear Solid and his goal is to give us the best film adaptation possible. What do you think about the advice that Kojima had for the director?