Sony is reportedly in talks with Kings of Summer director Jordan Vogt-Roberts to helm their Metal Gear Solid adaptation. Quite the interesting choice considering Vogt-Roberts has spent most of his short career in television, and tends to focus entirely on comedy projects. Metal Gear Solid is a real departure from Vogt-Roberts’ previous work, so Sony must have seen something they like in his work to bring him in for talks; either that, or they have a very odd take on veteran soldier, Solid Snake. Hit the jump for more.
Deadline reports that Sony is in talks with Vogt-Roberts as director of their Metal Gear Solid feature film (and likely franchise). The adaptation has been in the works for a while, with producers Avi Arad and production president Michael De Luca steering its development. Originally released for the Sony Playstation in 1998 and created by Hideo Kojima, the game centers on Snake, a soldier who infiltrates a nuclear weapons facility to neutralize the terrorist threat from Foxhound, a renegade special forces unit. As part of his mission, Snake must liberate hostages before confronting the terrorists in order to stop them from launching a nuclear strike.
Sounds like a standard military infiltration plot, yes? Not so fast! In addition to the excellent stealth aspect of the gameplay, Metal Gear Solid featured some truly memorable mini-bosses, including gunslinger Revolver Ocelot, and mind-control master Psycho Mantis. Oh, and did I mention a giant walking tank? Yeah, Metal Gear Solid is custom made for the big screen and boasts plenty of colorful characters alongside a twisting and tense plot. I have my fingers crossed for this one, because, if successful, it paves the way for further opening up the rich universe of the video game series. Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments below, and feel free to give us your casting wish list!
Here’s a look at the original game trailer to give you an idea of its style: