A Metal Gear Solid movie has been in various stages of planning and pre-production for years, but the latest iteration of the film has reached a massive milestone – it has a script. Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts has been pushing the film project hard over the past week, and he’s had nothing but praise for the new script that’s been sent his way.
“We just turned in the script,” Vogt-Roberts says, “and I think it’s one of the best scripts I’ve ever read. It’s one of the coolest, weirdest, most Kojima things. Even me being involved in it – I look at it as someone who is like ‘I would make the hell out of this movie.’ But if I wasn’t involved in it, I would still look at that script and be like ‘holy shit.’”
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You can hear more of Vogt-Roberts take on videogame adaptations in his full interview with IGN below. Variety reported back in November that Jurassic World and Kong: Skull Island writer Derek Connolly was pulling together the latest draft of the movie’s script. Of course, there are plenty more hurdles to come, but it’s clear Vogt-Roberts – who’s been attached to the project since 2014 – is passionate about making the movie happen.
This week, the director has been tweeting in celebration of Metal Gear’s 31st anniversary with new bits of artwork while discussing the series’ themes – from a blend of horror and magical imagery to really cool ninjas and mech battles. He’s also been retweeting loads of fan art and tattoos at the same time, likely pushing hard to show public interest in a Metal Gear film.
Vogt-Roberts has met with Hideo Kojima about the film, and has continually spoken about wanting to be true to the original creator’s vision in the movie, even accounting for the messy way the rights have gone. “I have not dealt with Konami at all,” he told Gamespot last year. “I’m very vocal about wanting to shepherd Kojima-san’s voice. And that will never be something that I stop being vocal about. Konami, I believe, does have the rights, but I’ve not had a single meeting with them.”
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