Metal Gear Solid Film Director Aims to Make It True to the Series

Metal Gear Solid Film Director Aims to Make It True to the Series

Jordan Vogt-Roberts shares his desired vision for the movie, as well as how he feels about a potential R-rating.

There hasn’t been too much recent news about the Metal Gear Solid movie that was originally announced to be in production back in 2006. However, a recent interview with the film’s director, Jordan Vogt-Roberts, has revealed that the film is very much still on his mind.

In an interview with Collider, Vogt-Roberts talked about how important it is to him that the script for the movie is done right, and that he has sought guidance from the series’ creator, Hideo Kojima.

Metal Gear Solid is probably the most important franchise to me on the planet. It is such a genius, idiosyncratic work and being able to spend time with [Hideo] Kojima recently has been like a dream. He’s the best and his whole team is the best. We are working on the script.”

Vogt-Roberts went on to talk about how his vision for the movie goes beyond the tropes of any old action flick. He’s serious about making a film that focuses on the core of the series’ themes.

“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. Metal Gear Solid needs to be exactly what it needs to be, which is Metal Gear Solid. 

“I think it’d be a massive film, I think it’d be an incredible film, but it needs to be done in a way that completely honors what Metal Gear is because it’s a classic and it’s a seminal work not just in video games, but in media.”

Recent movies, such as Deadpool, have shown that R-rated motion pictures can be a successful endeavor. When asked about the rating he might be aiming for with Metal Gear Solid, Vogt-Roberts seemed ultimately undecided but dedicated to what feels right for the beloved franchise.

“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. Those characters sort of are these walking philosophies, so I think nailing that part is far more important necessarily than thinking about the rating at this point, because right now we’re just trying to get the best version of it.”

Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ newest film, Kong: Skull Island releases to theaters on March 10. It is unclear if his next project will be Metal Gear Solid.