Metal Gear Solid film gets a writer

It’s tough to imagine Metal Gear Solid as a film really evolving beyond the video game, because the video game universe itself is so cinematic. Really beyond pluggin in actual actors to CGI, how can they make the video game any more of a film than it already is?

That being said, the Metal Gear world remains one of my all time favorite video game universes, and I won’t lie, the prospect of a big budget film gets me a bit amped up, even if I can’t quite conceive of how it would improve what already exists.

As a film project, Metal Gear Solid has been in limbo for a long time, but Sony appears to have found a writer in the form of Jay Basu. He doesn’t have a long and established resume as of yet, but seems to be in demand by Hollywood.

The film is being produced by Avi and Ari Arad, so there appears to be some substance to this. We’ll see how it all pans out.

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2 thoughts on “Metal Gear Solid film gets a writer

  1. I’m with you. The games embrace their place as games so much, that translating any of the games into a movie seems counter-intuitive. The only way I can see it working or worthwhile is to create a completely different story, based on the game’s mythology. I hate to say it, but the Resident Evil movies are the exemplar – Not quality wise, but as a template for how to make Metal Gear into a film. Create a universe unto itself. Sadly, most fans, who are the only people this movie would appeal to at first blush, would be against that, because they’d constantly compare the movie to the game.

    They did the same with GI Joe, actually, but didn’t get the DNA right for the most part, save Snake Eyes. And that’s what they need – The DNA of Metal Gear. A solitary, everyman protagonist, touted as the best of the best, but put up against super-powered villains who offer a credible threat. Conspiracy against the hero from the inside. Allies made as he progresses. Secrets, lies, and incredible weaponry. And of course, a Metal Gear. Hell, call the protagonist Solid Snake for all I care. But allow the movies to stand on their own, much like Ghost Babel does.

    Clearly, I have opinions…

  2. I always thought that if a Metal Gear/Metal Gear Solid had come to fruition. I had some idears what they should do. Probably the one that would make the most sense, and in some ways bring together newbies that never played the games. And longtime fans, was adapt the first game to the franchise, the original METAL GEAR. It was that game that the concepts that series blossomed from. Grey Wolf. Big Boss. Outer Haven. FOXHOUND. All started for the game playing public there. And would be the perfect place to start from.

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