The film adaptation of the extremely popular Metal Gear Solid series has long been talked about, without much solid information coming to light. Sony and Kojima seemed deadset on releasing the film to millions of eager fans. However, without much tangible detail being announced, many gamers wondered if a movie would ever come to fruition. A recent interview with the producer seems to put the final nail in the coffin for the movie.
Producer Mike De Luca spoke in a recent interview with film site Collider about the progress of the movie. When asked about the status of the film, he, quite bluntly replied:
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. And I get it because the problem with a lot of these adaptations is it’s such a huge franchise for the video game company. A movie can only hurt. If the movie’s great, you’re probably not going to sell more games. It’s such a separate thing. The franchise being as big as it kind of helps the movie…I’m not sure the movie does the same thing for the game.
De Luca went on to talk about the unwillingness of video game companies to release their IPs:
The 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.
For the time being, it seems like the movie that fans have dreamed of will not become a reality, which is a shame, because I think we all wanted a Kurt Russel, Christian Bale or Hugh Jackman to play the legendary character.