It seems like a match made in cinema/gaming heaven, but those waiting for a Metal Gear movie better stop holding their breath. According to Hollywood producer Michael De Luca, the project is in no-mans land without any super high-tech stealth gadgets to protect it.
De Luca, who was spearheading plans for the game’s silver screen adaptation, said to Collider.com, “I don’t think it’s going to move forward because I got the sense that there may not be enough of a coordinated will at this point on the side of certain parties to see a movie get made.”
He continues “Video game companies are very protective of their property and there are certain things a studio requires freedom-wise to market and distribute a movie effectively in a global marketplace and sometimes getting those two things to match up is really hard, and in the case of Metal Gear Solid, the agendas just….not because the parties weren’t amicable, it was just kind of impossible to get the agendas to match up.”
The genesis of this rumour has been knocking about for over a decade, way back to when Metal Gear Solid achieved rave reviews back on the original PlayStation. As I remember back then, a genuinely inspired casting move put the late Patrick Swayze as rumoured to take the lead role of Solid Snake, with his brother Don as arch nemesis Liquid Snake. More recently, Christian Bale had been linked with the project.
Paying lip service to the fans, Snake voice actor and Hollywood scribe David Hayter was even said to be on script writing duties. The project even had a director, Kurt Wimmer of Equilibrium fame.
With so much at least rumoured ready to go, what went wrong?
As is always the case, it’s looking like money is the real road-block here. Rumour has it Sony Pictures were only willing to cough up something in the region of $60 million for production of a Metal Gear movie. To give some context, the last James Bond film, Quantum of Solace, cost $230 million to make. Metal Gear maestro Hideo Kojima and Konami are said to feel that such a paltry budget could not do justice to Solid Snake’s epic adventures.
If it truly is the case that a Metal Gear movie may never see the light of day it truly is a shame; if done correctly and faithfully, the stealthy, black-ops tales of espionage would make for perfect (and surprisingly high-brow) popcorn fare.
Come on Sony! Dig a little deeper! Surely animating the Metal Gear mechs themselves alone would cost 60 million bucks?!
Check the game footage above to see how exciting it all could be.