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Why We Shouldn’t Wait For A Metal Gear Solid Movie

The problems with licensed movies? That whole “licensing” part of it, apparently. Or, at least, that seems to be the problem with the planned Metal Gear Solid movie, according to screenwriter David Hayter.

Talking to MTV’s movies blog, Hayter said,

I don’t believe they were ever able to successfully close a deal between [creator Hideo] Kojima and Sony… 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.

Despite this – and “political reasons on Konami’s (the game publisher) side” – Hayter has actually completed a screenplay for the movie, in case things ever get straightened out. Just don’t ask him to say what happens in it:

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.

Given Hayter’s Watchmen past, it’s a fair bet that any Metal Gear movie wouldn’t include a giant squid.


  • Nitz the Bloody

    Snake?! What happened?! Answer me! Snake?! SNAAAAAAAAAAAKKKEEEEEE!

    ( Though in regards to the movie, getting a continue may remain in litigation for much longer )

  • demoncat

    too bad holly wood politics is standing in the way of metal gear being a video game movie that could remove the stink of uwe bowls and other attempts at video games being in a new media. hope things work out and David can use his script

  • Bill Reed

    Hayter *is* Solid Snake, so I think we can trust him.

  • Al Jourgenson

    They jumped the shark with the second game. The new one, Peacewalker is pretty awful. Once Kojima started doing longer storylines it got convoluted like Star Wars.

  • O.

    Why we shouldn't wait? Because the games are more than good enough as games already. There's no way you're going to do it justice.