If you were wondering what ever happened to that planned movie adaptation of Sony's wildly popular Metal Gear Solid videogame franchise, the news doesn't appear promising. MTV Movies caught up with screenwriter and voice of Solid Snake (the game's main character, for those not familiar) David Hayter, who offered some cryptic observations about the future of a feature film project based on the game.
Hayter, who wrote the screenplay for X-Men, says that Sony, series creator Hideo Kojima, and publisher Konami have been trying to work out an agreement for several years (in fact, a quick look back through the archives bears this out). At one point, a producer approached Hayter and asked him if he'd be interested in writing the adaptation. Hayter 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."
With the script written and sent to through the proper channels, Hayter waited as the wheels began to turn -- and then suddenly, everything stopped. The writer still isn't exactly sure what happened -- what he's heard has been through the grapevine -- but at least part of the stalling is attributable to Konami. He also believes that Kojima and Sony never reached a deal either. The writer is quick to add, "This is all just stuff I've heard."
Hayter is understandably reluctant to discuss his plans for the character he helped make into an icon -- the project could come back to life at some point -- but he says, "I really want to spring some things on people. Having been intimately involved with 'Metal Gear,' I would like to give people a story that will grab the fans. The fans will know the context that we're talking about once they see the trailers. They'll say 'Oh my god, they're going there.' But they won't quite know how the story is going to unfold or what some of the big surprises are going to be. And that's really the only way to keep a movie [adaptation] interesting."
Given that the Metal Gear Solid franchise is known for its convoluted narrative shenanigans in gaming circles, I'm very curious to see what Hayter has come up with. How about you? Do you want a Metal Gear movie or are you afraid something will get lost in the translation like all the other game to film adaptations?