A Metal Gear Solid film could be exactly what the Sci-Fi genre needs.
If you’re looking for a potentially good science fiction flick, look no further than the rumor going around about the Metal Gear Solid franchise. Word is that there’s going to be an animated movie, based on the first MGS game, that would also star none other than the voice of Solid Snake himself, David Hayter. The current director for the planned live-action film version of the game, Jordan Vogt-Roberts spoke to Gary Whitta’s Animal Talking show and revealed that he wants to get an animated film going as well. The animated film would hopefully feature Hayter and the rest of the original video game voice cast.
The idea would be to have the live-action, “Hollywood” version, and the animated fan version.
“I’ve been on that movie for six years and I’ve been fighting every single day to make sure that we translate that movie properly,” Vogt-Roberts said. “This is my baby. I’ve been working on this thing for six years, trying to make it so it is the disruptive, punk-rock, true to Metal Gear, true to Kojima-san spirit version of what this is and I will continue to fight for it every day.”
For those unfamiliar with Metal Gear Solid, the video game series features high tech, science fiction infused espionage action. The first few mainline games of the Metal Gear Solid franchise all featured amazingly detailed, and high concept villains whose personalities set them apart from the general mill of Marvel villains that audiences have become familiar with. Finding a way to adapt those villains, the high anxiety of the stealth action, and the immersive and at times high concept story to a long-form story will be hard to do. Yet, so worth it if done right.
Original science fiction series and films should be pushed to the forefront but such a beloved franchise deserves an adaptation and can bring new eyes to such a delightful genre that has been overshadowed by its superhero cousins in recent years.