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David Hayter explains what happened to the Metal Gear Solid movie

Jun. 3, 2010by: Paul Tassi

Of all the video game movie projects out there to potentially be excited about, there are only a handful that would make a truly worthwhile film adaption. I would say GOD OF WAR and MASS EFFECT would be two of my top choices (films are in the works for both), but METAL GEAR SOLID is another extremely high on the list.

But in January, we heard that the movie was a no-go, and Solid Snake would not be coming to the big screen, at least not anytime soon. Well, last week MTV had screenwriter David Hayter on their blog as an editor, and he talked in depth about the project he has an extremely personal investment in, seeing as he's the voice of Solid Snake himself.

"They've been trying to work out a deal between [creator Hideo Kojima] and [Sony]," he said. "A couple of years ago, a producer friend of mine asked me if I would be interested in doing the adaptation. And I said 'Of course. I know it pretty well.' I think I can say without contradiction that I know it better than any screenwriter on the planet. I've said every word that Snake has said. So I felt well-qualified."

"I did come up with a pitch for the movie which I thought was pretty cool and I would still love to do. But there are far larger issues in terms of who's going to get the rights to do it and what sort of involvement Mr. Kojima is going to have. All that needs to be worked out before I would ever come up."

So the problem would seem to be with Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima, who presumably wants massive creative control over the project, something the studio likely would not want him to have, as no deal can be reached between him and Sony. I’m not sure exactly why Sony thinks Kojima’s hand shouldn’t guide his own creation, but I suppose there is a difference between making an epic game and an epic movie.

But what if the studio took the chance? Maybe this is what the video game movie genre has been missing, as it has yet to produce a truly “good” installment. Yes, many movies consult the original game creators to a large extent (like recently with PRINCE OF PERSIA), but what if the game’s creators, writers and stars were given complete run of the land? At this point, I think it’d certainly be worth a try, and there’s no one better to test out that theory with than Hideo Kojima.

Extra Tidbit: Is Brett Ratner still attached to GOD OF WAR? Someone rectify that immediately.
Source: MTVFirstShowing

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7:14AM on 06/04/2010

Kojima for complete creative control

This series was basically a playable movie, so I say Kojima should hold out until he has the control he deserves. If he doesn't Paul WS Anderson might grab the rights and throw in Mila Jovovich and make her the main character
This series was basically a playable movie, so I say Kojima should hold out until he has the control he deserves. If he doesn't Paul WS Anderson might grab the rights and throw in Mila Jovovich and make her the main character
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1:50AM on 06/04/2010

Well Said

Well said Paul.
Well said Paul.
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1:17AM on 06/04/2010
Hideo Kojima 4 director!
Hideo Kojima 4 director!
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10:31PM on 06/03/2010

I don't get why anybody thinks MGS would make a good movie

Perhaps the epitome of artistry in gaming, MGS represents the highest achievement of cinematic gaming and narrative. The games are a blast, the the plot is enriched by the history of the franchise and its characters.

Imagine trying to pack all that into 180 minutes. It would be horrendous. If it's going to happen, damn straight Kojima would have to be involved, but I'd rather leave inferior games (like Bioshock) with simple stories for the high-profile adaptations.
Perhaps the epitome of artistry in gaming, MGS represents the highest achievement of cinematic gaming and narrative. The games are a blast, the the plot is enriched by the history of the franchise and its characters.

Imagine trying to pack all that into 180 minutes. It would be horrendous. If it's going to happen, damn straight Kojima would have to be involved, but I'd rather leave inferior games (like Bioshock) with simple stories for the high-profile adaptations.
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8:10PM on 06/03/2010

give Kojima control

I say more power to ya Kojima. hold out as long as u want, hell i wouldnt blame you if you don't want a movie period. i rather have no movie then some asshole come and ruin what made metal gear so great. lol i can just imagine Mantis breaking the 4th wall and screwing with the movie screen as he takes on snake

on and tidbit: Oh god i hope not.
I say more power to ya Kojima. hold out as long as u want, hell i wouldnt blame you if you don't want a movie period. i rather have no movie then some asshole come and ruin what made metal gear so great. lol i can just imagine Mantis breaking the 4th wall and screwing with the movie screen as he takes on snake

on and tidbit: Oh god i hope not.
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7:11PM on 06/03/2010

Get crackin'

I say do what needs to be done, get Kojima involved... I say if they don't cast Hayter as Snake they should get Karl Urban... and Hugh Jackman as Liquid.
I say do what needs to be done, get Kojima involved... I say if they don't cast Hayter as Snake they should get Karl Urban... and Hugh Jackman as Liquid.
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6:57PM on 06/03/2010
It seems that it's just like with comic book movies. Why not let the people who live and breathe these characters write the script and be heavily involved with production. Hollywood always wants to go off in some dumbass direction that usually alienates the core fanbase.
It seems that it's just like with comic book movies. Why not let the people who live and breathe these characters write the script and be heavily involved with production. Hollywood always wants to go off in some dumbass direction that usually alienates the core fanbase.
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5:46PM on 06/03/2010
David Hayer really deserves to write the screen play, and if he isn't allowed to act in it, then I reckon he should at least be allowed to dub over the actor.
David Hayer really deserves to write the screen play, and if he isn't allowed to act in it, then I reckon he should at least be allowed to dub over the actor.
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4:59PM on 06/03/2010

God damn it make the film!

Get Hayter on board, get Kojima on board, give me a good series of MGS films.

C'MON HOLLYWOOD!
Get Hayter on board, get Kojima on board, give me a good series of MGS films.

C'MON HOLLYWOOD!
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4:43PM on 06/03/2010
No problems here, Kojima can hold out however long as he wants. As long as this movie gets done well, Hayter would be great to have involved with the films, and is a good screenwriter. I don't really care how long we have to wait for this film, and sony should just let Kojima have a large amount of creative control. As long as this movie DOES get done eventually. I wouldn't mind just a mini-series or something, they are pretty damn big stories
No problems here, Kojima can hold out however long as he wants. As long as this movie gets done well, Hayter would be great to have involved with the films, and is a good screenwriter. I don't really care how long we have to wait for this film, and sony should just let Kojima have a large amount of creative control. As long as this movie DOES get done eventually. I wouldn't mind just a mini-series or something, they are pretty damn big stories
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3:00PM on 06/03/2010
As much as I would love to see a Metal Gear Solid movie, no one can blame the stance that Kojima has taken. MGS is his idea, project, and most of all his character. There's no reason for him to sell it to any American crew, for any price since they'd likely only taint all the work he's put into MGS the last 15 years (or however long it's been).

If they give the reins of big budget films to directors of commercials and music videos all the time, then what is their hesitation to let Kojima,
As much as I would love to see a Metal Gear Solid movie, no one can blame the stance that Kojima has taken. MGS is his idea, project, and most of all his character. There's no reason for him to sell it to any American crew, for any price since they'd likely only taint all the work he's put into MGS the last 15 years (or however long it's been).

If they give the reins of big budget films to directors of commercials and music videos all the time, then what is their hesitation to let Kojima, the director of MGS since he first created it, have the reins to his own world.
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2:23PM on 06/03/2010
Who needs a MGS movie anyway? All video game movies blow.
Who needs a MGS movie anyway? All video game movies blow.
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4:44PM on 06/03/2010
Have you played any of the games?
Have you played any of the games?
2:04PM on 06/03/2010
How about a CGI Metal Gear Solid movie like Final Fantasy Advent Children?
How about a CGI Metal Gear Solid movie like Final Fantasy Advent Children?
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1:58PM on 06/03/2010

I love Metal Gear

I love Metal Gear Solid so much that I would be heart broken to see a movie happen. While yes, it is essentially a movie, I think that means it's great enough. No need for a movie. Play the game.

I can't think of anyone I would trust to do this. Kojima is the only person. In the meantime I'm happy to let the game talk for itself.
I love Metal Gear Solid so much that I would be heart broken to see a movie happen. While yes, it is essentially a movie, I think that means it's great enough. No need for a movie. Play the game.

I can't think of anyone I would trust to do this. Kojima is the only person. In the meantime I'm happy to let the game talk for itself.
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1:47PM on 06/03/2010
If this happens, Kojima relly need to be the man in control. He should direct, the in-game action cutscenes are as good to rival any action scene ever. The guy has great vision.
If this happens, Kojima relly need to be the man in control. He should direct, the in-game action cutscenes are as good to rival any action scene ever. The guy has great vision.
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1:37PM on 06/03/2010

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This. Movie. Needs. To happen.
This. Movie. Needs. To happen.
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12:39PM on 06/03/2010

Snake?

SNAAAAAAAAAAKE!!
SNAAAAAAAAAAKE!!
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12:09PM on 06/03/2010
I could understand someone else directing the film, but Hayter should definately be writing this thing with Kojima helping in the process. Just as well, Kojima should have a heavy hand in producing it. Sure, it's not a video game, but the cinematics for the game prove enough that Kojima is plenty capable of crafting this film. I worry it could turn out like Final Fantasy, but unlike that series, which has remained mostly Japanese and then they tried to make the film appeal to Americans, MGS is
I could understand someone else directing the film, but Hayter should definately be writing this thing with Kojima helping in the process. Just as well, Kojima should have a heavy hand in producing it. Sure, it's not a video game, but the cinematics for the game prove enough that Kojima is plenty capable of crafting this film. I worry it could turn out like Final Fantasy, but unlike that series, which has remained mostly Japanese and then they tried to make the film appeal to Americans, MGS is already heavily placed in American culture, which is a good change. I wouldn't mind seeing this film get made....if it gets made right.
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12:01PM on 06/03/2010
Everyone already knows MGS4 was 2/3 a movie anyway! I think Hideo could handle it. Why the fuck would Hollywood NOT let him have major creative control?! When is Hollywood going to replace all these arrogant producer goons and get some people in there that actually know what they're doing?!?! C'mon Hollywood! *middle finger*
Everyone already knows MGS4 was 2/3 a movie anyway! I think Hideo could handle it. Why the fuck would Hollywood NOT let him have major creative control?! When is Hollywood going to replace all these arrogant producer goons and get some people in there that actually know what they're doing?!?! C'mon Hollywood! *middle finger*
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11:44AM on 06/03/2010

Very True Indeed.

The Fact that this movie is not in production yet is pure travesty. I agree that the studio should just let Kojima, Hayter, and Co. follow their own lead on this. It could ONLY lead to good things, and good things usually means big money. What is it with studios? There is always an opportunity to create something truly magnificent and they always fuck it up in some kind of way. Do they know how many Gamers, Comic Fans, Actioners, and even casual goers would see this movie on OPENING DAY ALONE?
The Fact that this movie is not in production yet is pure travesty. I agree that the studio should just let Kojima, Hayter, and Co. follow their own lead on this. It could ONLY lead to good things, and good things usually means big money. What is it with studios? There is always an opportunity to create something truly magnificent and they always fuck it up in some kind of way. Do they know how many Gamers, Comic Fans, Actioners, and even casual goers would see this movie on OPENING DAY ALONE? They'd probably make back the budget in the first damn weekend. Metal Gear Solid has EVERYTHING you could want in an epic movie and then some. I say, have another studio grab this up, pocket out the money, give control to the creators, and GET. IT. MADE. Any studio that takes the chance will only benefit from this.
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