The Metal Gear Solid series can claim a lot of influences from movies in its presentation and was instrumental in maturing the storytelling of the gaming medium as a whole. Yet, no movie is in the plans for Metal Gear Solid despite the scores of other gaming IP that are; it hasn’t been through lack of trying, however, as the voice of Solid Snake and screenwriter David Hayter can attest in a recent blog post about the movie adaptation he wrote for the game.
“They ve been trying to work out a deal between [creator Hideo Kojima] and [Sony],” said Hayter. “A couple of years ago, a producer friend of mine asked me if I would be interested in doing the adaptation. And I 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.”
What ultimately happened to the script is unknown, but it is rumored that the powers-that-be at Metal Gear Solid publisher Konami weren’t able to agree on how to proceed with it . “On top of that, I don t believe they were ever able to successfully close a deal between Mr. Kojima and Sony, added Hayter. This is all just stuff I ve heard.
Speaking about the script, Hayter said, “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.”
With the possibility still existing that Metal Gear Solid could turn into a movie one day, Hayter is keeping quiet about the specific details of his script. “I really want to spring some things on people,” he explained. “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.”