Tuesday, February 21, 2017

That Video Game Movie Thing

Psst. Metal Gear Solid fans. Kojima may no longer be involved, but that's not stopping Konami from pursuing the movie deal set up years ago. Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (whom has directed a few episodes of Funny or Die and Single Dads) spoke with Collider to confirm that the movie is still in the works. The script is underway. He even met with Kojima recently to talk about the past games. So yeah...even though MGS is not a game that can easily transition into a movie, Konami still wants to try and milk that cash cow.

At least Vogt-Roberts seems genuine in keeping the movie as close to the original content as possible and not pull a Resident Evil.

“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.”

On his mind right now are the key plot points in the script and if the movie is going to go the way of Deadpool or Logan, where the serious content bumps the rating to R and could become an obstacle for teenage fans of the franchise. If Konami has a heavy hand in the editing, the movie could be chopped up to conform to audience's tastes and then the rating won't mean a thing. It'll be a crap film.

Vogt-Roberts claims that he's a n MGS super fan. He does reference a few characters in the interview and plot points from the games that most fans would know, so that's a promising start. At least he appears legitimate in his assertions that he cares about making an MGS movie that's true to form and not...Resident...Evil. (I know I should stop picking on those movies but come on. Dudes. At least TRY to make the story in line with the games just a little bit.)

Curious to see what will be produced, but I'm cautious. Given the current movie/game environment, it's easy to give one's hopes up. And they better have some damn good dubbing in place for David Hayter. He will always and forever be our Snake.

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