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Producer Says Metal Gear Solid Movie Won't Be Happening

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January 11, 2010
Source: Collider

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I'm sorry to have to report this, especially for those who are big fans of the video game, but it looks like a Metal Gear Solid movie won't be happening for a long time. Collider caught up with producer Michael De Luca recently and asked him about the status of the Metal Gear Solid movie. Unfortunately De Luca didn't have any good news. "I don't think it's going to move forward because I got the sense that there may not be enough of a coordinated will at this point on the side of certain parties to see a movie get made." As in, Konami, the creator of the game, isn't that interested in any of Sony's ideas. Maybe it's for the better?

De Luca goes on to explain why exactly he thinks Konami isn't interested in making a movie right now.

"The video game companies are very protective of their property and there are certain things a studio requires freedom-wise to market and distribute a movie effectively in a global marketplace and sometimes getting those two things to match up is really hard. And in the case of Metal Gear Solid, the agendas just… not because the parties weren't amicable, it was just kind of impossible to get the agendas to match up."

And you know what, I'm fine with Konami saying no to this, at least until they are ready to make it. Video game movies aren't in their prime right now, and I'm certain a MGS movie wouldn't live up to any of the games, so why make one if we know it's going to suck? I'd rather wait until video game movies pick up and they can make a proper MGS movie. We first wrote about a Metal Gear Solid movie way back in 2007 and followed that up in 2008 with an article where De Luca said that they were looking at having Kurt Wimmer write a script. But with this update today, it looks like we can forget about a MGS movie for the time being.

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Reader Feedback - 32 Comments

1

As an avid Metal Gear fan, I'd say this is WONDERFUL news! Some things shouldn't be adapted onto the silver screen, ESPECIALLY a franchise of this caliber. Good sh*t, Hideo.

Big Boss on Jan 11, 2010

2

Why sorry? I agree with big boss this is a brilliant thing really, it just doesn't translate to the big screen at all, it was a game for a reason. Leave it be! Best piece of news I've heard this year so far 😀

Tom Dearsley on Jan 11, 2010

3

You're probably right Boss, I was really interested in seeing this on the big screen, but no doubt Hollywood would've F@#$%d it up. They often do for game movies. The thought of the the Street Fighter movie from '94 still makes my skin crawl - lol

Bill Brasky on Jan 11, 2010

4

This is great news. It would have been horrendous for sure. Glad they came to their senses. Besides, Metal Gear Solid is about 60% movie, anyway.

Nada Nuff on Jan 11, 2010

5

While it is a shame its clear that thier plans werent to Hideo Koijma's liking - he is a perfectionist! Better to make no movie than a bad movie that ruins the reputation of the series! Saying that however I thin teh situation is like what happened to comics - i predict we will start seeing good video game movies soon. Before the technology and teh ambition and the talent wasnt there but now as with comics theer are many new young talented directors and writers who have grown up with games & comics who are entering hollywood. The time of the GOOD video game movie isnt far of!

Sumit on Jan 11, 2010

6

Metal Gear Solid Philanthropy - a great fan-made movie! http://www.mgs-philanthropy.net/

Fox on Jan 11, 2010

7

Hollywood clearly had plans of their own with this, and Kojima decided no deal. Better no MGS movie than a bad MGS movie.

Sensible Snake on Jan 11, 2010

8

Snake isn't Snake without the voice of David Hater! So at least the actor who ever would play Snake in a movie, need to be dubed by David.

Ace on Jan 11, 2010

9

David Hayter of course, not Hater 😀

Ace on Jan 11, 2010

10

Isn't there gonna be a follow up to Philanthropy? I enjoyed it, but it ended in sort of a cliff-hanger.

Nada Nuff on Jan 11, 2010

11

MGS4 is a movie within itself and so many new gamers who were introduced to the game, especially in America, were pissed that the cinematic scenes were so long. I'm glad Kojima didn't like their plans because I'm pretty sure they would have skewed the film in order for others to enjoy. If David Hayter doesn't play Snake, an MGS movie shouldn't be made. Bale's Batman is the closest, but it is still a long way from being iconic like Hayter's Snake.

Nethanel DeCarmo on Jan 11, 2010

12

AWW man,I was really hoping the movie was going to happen.

AbstractCam on Jan 11, 2010

13

ehhh... this is kinda for the better

Yekim on Jan 11, 2010

14

Taht is one evil tache.

tir na nog on Jan 11, 2010

15

I've always wanted this movie to happen. Viggo Mortensen as the lead!

Jake the snake on Jan 11, 2010

16

Good. MGS works simply because it's a video game. A lot of the crazy shit that happens in that series wouldn't translate well in a live-action film (especially for an American audience).

SkaOreo on Jan 11, 2010

17

Good, hollywood cant ruin this now...it is good news. Plus why make a movie of whats already pretty much a movie anyways?

Cody on Jan 11, 2010

18

Well that's good news!

Xerxex on Jan 11, 2010

19

Video games and animes do not work as movies. They're based on concepts that are acceptable in the contexts of their respective mediums but are rendered ridiculous and laughable when translated into a movie. Hopefully they don't tarnish this franchise with another poor video game adaption.

SlashBeast on Jan 11, 2010

20

@SlashBeast They said the same thing about Marvel and DC Comic books. It can be done, you just have to have a good director and a good script and the direction of the films must be coherent and not a strict recreation. Christopher Nolan's work on Batman is living proof that adaptations can be done in an imaginative yet accurate way. You just have to put an old story under a new light.

Nethanel on Jan 11, 2010

21

Thank goodness for that. The MGS games are like movies in themselves. I doubt they would have been able to add anything to new and interesting to it. Just hollywood's attempt to cash in on a succussful game franchise. Nothing more then that.

Moe on Jan 11, 2010

22

I can only think of one successful video game movie and that is Silent Hill, only because the director actually followed the source material fairly well, but MGS as a movie is too much, remember the script for Cowboy Bebop? it was said it would have costed 500 billion to make, imagine how much MGS would cost to make.

Xerxex on Jan 11, 2010

23

@6 Thanks for posting the fan film! Downloaded and definitely plan on watching. http://www.internapse.com/gamestofilm/ - More news about any and all video game properties headed to the big screen... though I wish Metal Gear Solid was still on that path.

Scott on Jan 11, 2010

24

Better then than now.

Fisherr on Jan 11, 2010

25

Damn. I always thought out of all video games this one could make the best movie. But you're right alex, I wouldn't want anyone but Konami and Hideo himself to be right behind it. I'd rather way for that. Fingers, crossed...

Steve on Jan 11, 2010

26

Well considering that MGS4 was basically a movie, wouldn't this have been a sequel? Nine hours of cutscenes does not a video game make.

RC on Jan 11, 2010

27

@20 Agreed - I think we need just one successfull and good video game movie to come out to make the studios realise what potential there is. Prince Of Persia maybe the one to do it. I still can't belive Uni & Fox were moaning about a combined $150m budget for Halo - that movie coud have made that opening weekend!

Sumit on Jan 12, 2010

28

#20 - Nethanel Most superhero stories, the one's that have been successful on film, have been based in a level of realism. Video games and anime have no such thing. It'ss never happen successfully, they're doomed to a history of failure.

SlashBeast on Jan 12, 2010

29

i say thats good, cuz the game itself is more of a movie than any other game that i have played. complexed enough and long. i mean look at mgs4, damn that was a movie with the cut-scenes. i would like a MGS movie to be made, but by the right people, right script, right company, and right actors. dont want it to be rushed or anything like that cuz that is a great franchise.

mike on Jan 12, 2010

30

Aww.. Was just thinking how interesting this movie will be.

movie producer on Jan 14, 2010

31

well it's still might happen don't doubt anything yet sure alot of moives have been fucked up but still nowadays the video games into movies are getting better don't doubt that. now with marvel movies most are really good now some have just turned into shit some dc movies can be better as well (i'm more of a marvel fan myself but anyways) silent hill could have been really good but it was alright but you could not truely grasp the real silent hil in the movie but in the video games you can

izaah on Jan 17, 2010

32

^ Fucktard.

SlashBeast on Feb 16, 2010

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