For years, Konami’s insanely popular Metal Gear series has been crying out for a movie adaptation. Now we’ve learned a little more about the hotly anticipated project – from the man who’ll be tasked with making it work on the big screen.
Speaking with Eurogamer, Jodan Voght-Roberts revealed the current state of the movie – explaining that there’s a lot of work going on behind the scenes.
“We’re about to hire a new writer on Metal Geae… It’s probably the most complicated property on the planet. The reasons people love that franchise are – well, you need to run towards those reasons as opposed to away from them. The most beautiful thing for me, the past few months, is that Kong’s been a success, critically and commercially, and that gave me an incredible amount of freedom to go to Sony and our producers and say we live in a world that’s post-Deadpool and post-Logan. With the success of Kong, that obviously breeds a bit more trust so I can say let’s make the Kojima version of this, the version that commits to the weird and strange and isn’t necessarily what you think a big blockbuster franchise could be.”
“I can’t go into it too much. It’s not a direct adaptation of any particular game… It’d sound too much like a modern statement to call it a remix, because that’s not what it is, but it’s trying to fuse a couple of different storylines together, and it’s all tied together with a device I can’t really talk about right now but that I’m really excited about”.
“I think it’s going to make a movie where people go ‘whoah, I’ve not seen that before’, and that’s very cool. And I think it’s very Kojima in its approach”,
Ultimately, I believe this is the best direction for the movie to take. The canon of the video game series is such a mess that it ultimately would only land the movie with some hefty problems to tackle. By side-stepping them all together, Jordan Vogt-Roberts will be free to take the flicks in his own direction.
Then again, the idea of not pulling from the lore of video games makes me wonder just how close the tone of this movie will ultimately be to the series. The last thing we need is another Assassin’s Creed type project – one that ultimately only pays lip service to the source material. Metal Gear as a franchise is beloved for its desire to dig deeper. Given how heavy Metal Gear leans on its political premises, it will certainly be interesting to see just how much it takes from the original
What would you want to see from a full on Metal Gear movie?