In an interview with , director of the upcoming film, Jordan Vogt-Roberts, noted that the film is still in the works and that it is the most important project on his slate. He also noted that he has had several meetings with Hideo Kojima, the guy that has ran the franchise up until a recent debacle with Konami.
He noted that working with Kojima has “been a dream” and noted that it is amazing to work with him due to the fact that he has been behind the entire franchise, compared to several writers that have worked on a comic book series. This means all ideas and inspirations are coming from a single source which allows him to properly adjust his film for the fans.
When talking about the film he notes that it is currently in the writing stages and that the team is trying to find the proper identity. Instead of making it “something else” he wants it to have the same personality as the game franchise.
“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,” he said. “Metal Gear Solid needs to be exactly what it needs to be, which is Metal Gear Solid.”
He also notes that they are trying to figure out if the film will be rated R with a smaller budget, or PG-13 with a bigger budget, but it comes down to how they can get the tone of the franchise to translate.
“I think that for me, I want to make the version of the movie that is most true to what it needs to be, so if that is a Deadpool or Logan route where you go with a smaller budget and you’re able to make it R, great. If you need to blow it out more and really get that bigger budget and go PG-13, I think it could exist in both avenues. There are hyper-violent parts to Metal Gear but I would not necessarily call the hyper-violent part the core element of it versus like the tone and the voice and the philosophies that the characters exhibit.
The film has hit a bunch of different stages of development since being announced at E3 in 2006, but this is the closest we have come to actually seeing the film coming to life. Let us know if you are excited or not in the comments!