After years of rumours and false starts, it appears that Sony is finally ready to start moving forward with a Metal Gear Solid movie. The best-selling video game series created by Hideo Kojima is one that gamers have been dying to see adapted on the big screen for years, but for some reason the movie has been slow to materialize. Back in 2012, however, Avi Arad came on board as a producer and added the property to his list of video game movies in development along with Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune and Mass Effect. Apparently this was the push they needed to make it a reality because this week they have finally nailed down a director for the gig. As per the current trend, it won’t be a big name A-list director, but rather a young, emerging filmmaker who will be taking the reins on this highly anticipated project.
According to Deadline, Jordan Vogt-Roberts is in early talks to direct Metal Gear Solid for Sony. He is best known for directing the coming-of-age comedy The Kings of Summer which premiered at Sundance last year where it was nominated for the Dramatic Grand Jury Prize. He also has a background in comedy, having directed several episodes of Funny or Die Presents… and the Comedy Central series Mash Up.
At the moment, it is unclear if Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima will actually be involved in the movie. At one point it was rumoured that he might be writing the script himself, but personally I don’t know if that is such a good idea. Perhaps the biggest barrier to adapting this game is the convoluted storyline and incredibly cheesy dialogue, although I guess that’s par for the course when it comes to today’s summer blockbusters. Are you looking forward to a Metal Gear Solid movie?