Exclusive: Producer Mike De Luca Says It’s Game Over for a METAL GEAR SOLID Movie

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With video game movies finally taking off in Hollywood, you’d think a Metal Gear Solid movie would be a no-brainer.  In fact, almost two years ago, I spoke to producer Mike De Luca about the MGS movie and at that time he was developing the project at Sony and things sounded like they were moving forward at a “solid” pace.

Cut to today.

A few days ago I spoke to De Luca for almost an hour about a variety of subjects, one of which was Metal Gear Solid.  According to De Luca, the Metal Gear Solid movie is no longer happening.  He explains why after the jump:

Metal Gear Solid image.jpgThe first thing you need to know before going any further is things change all the time in Hollywood.  While De Luca told me, “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,” that doesn’t mean it’s dead forever.  Perhaps if Prince of Persia does extremely well for Walt Disney, Sony and Konami might sit back down and try to get this movie made one more time.  But for now, it isn’t happening.

The way De Luca spoke, it seems like Sony tried extremely hard to get this project off the ground, but the video game makers might have been the culprit.  He says:

[T]he 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.”

Again, I think if the upcoming video game movies make huge money, every studio and video game company are going to reexamine their properties to see what they can turn into box office gold.

Metal Gear Solid image (4).jpgHere’s the full transcript of our conversation regarding Metal Gear Solid.  Look for more of my conversation with De Luca tomorrow night.

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Collider: We talked a long time ago about Metal Gear Solid.

De Luca: Right.

Do you think that project is ever going to move forward or what’s the status of that thing?

De Luca: 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.

Metal Gear Solid image (6).jpgWell, what’s interesting though…not to interrupt you but there’s a lot of video game movies in development right now. And you’d think that Metal Gear is such a huge franchise that it’s almost like…and it’s a cool character and a cool universe. You’d almost think it’s a no-brainer.

De Luca: I think there’s some things…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.

Well, let me ask you this: was it ever close to happening do you think? Or was it sort of like two ships in the night that are just passing each other?

De Luca: It was more like two ships in the night, unfortunately, on this one.

Finally, here’s an interview I did with Hideo Kojima about the Metal Gear Solid movie.  It was awhile ago, but it was still very cool to talk with him.

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  • Ryan Ambrose

    Hopefully this film will turn out to be a good example of a video game adaptation done right as long as the creative team behind the project is passionate about the source material, which is truly masterful and a piece of art in its own right. Maybe someday Hollywood will pull off the same miracle Zack Snyder was able to perform in making Watchmen by adapting Kojima's saga faithfully and respecting the essence of the game. If not, then it should stay dead as it already is :)

  • Jeff W.

    I already saw the Metal Gear movie…it was called Metal Gear Solid 4 and it was 23 hours long.

  • David Macphail

    Yeah, MGS4 was better than most movies anyway. I don't see how they could possibly top that.

  • loudsss

    this makes sense. metal gear is one of the hugest stories that it would take at least three movies of lenght to do it right. i dont think kojima wants his pride and joy flubbed up by hollywood and hes going to be very protective of it until the pieces fall perfectly into place. as much as i want to see a movie, im also not willing to see my favorited game series screwed over by men with lack of vision.

  • http://www.hivedivision.net/ Akira Blade

    A MGS movie already exists, it's called Philanthropy and is watchable for free here: http://www.mgs-philanthropy.net

  • jeff

    Gay! At the same time however, but if the movie could have failed than we wouldn't have to worry about it. I would love to see the first MGS game as movie though but I would want it to be good.

  • Arif

    It just blows me away that certain motion picture companies green light POS movies like Land of the Lost that cost upwards of $100 million. I agree that if you don't get the story told correctly where both the fan boys and the newbs to the series will be able to enjoy the film it's going to sink in the water. By the same token these films have to be given a decent budget with a director and production staff that will maximize the money that is given to them to fulfill the final project. I felt that a movie such as District 9 which was made for $30 million was a prime example, every single penny shows on screen thanks to a director that knew what he was doing, a special effects company that provides top notch effects for the budget, and a fantastic cinematographer and filming staff that brought a movie such as this to the screen. It made over $200 worldwide, yeah that's not Avatar money but when you compare box office gross to budget this was a winner. So far Prince of Persia LOOKS good, lets hope that it stays faithful to the source material yet entertains people who have never heard of the series and we will see more quality films in the future instead of crap like BloodRayne, DOA, Alone in the Dark, Street Fighter(s), and DOOM to name a few….a bad few!

  • PaperStreetSoap

    Good.

  • Nosour ballouze

    for me s abig fan fo this game i think hey shuld end thiscrap mgswill not fit in a movie snake is dead so let the man rest inpeace

  • Corin Prendiville

    The creator of Metal Gear Solid doesn't want a film made, he looks at past video game films and sees how damaging they have/can be to the franchise and chose to not have one made. He is a real creative genius and he just doesn't want to see his baby get ruined. The only video game movie franchise to be even remotely successful has been Resident Evil which isn't being built from scratch as it is able to ride along the zombie sub-genre.

    Perhaps 5 to 10 years from now when video game films prove to be more stable then he might allow his game to be made. I think right now what will really alter his opinion is Prince of Persia and the World of Warcraft movie coming out, if both of those can be turned into successful and GOOD films then he might change his opinion. Also if the fourth Resident Evil movie turns out good.

  • Nosour ballouze

    for me s abig fan fo this game i think hey shuld end thiscrap mgswill not fit in a movie snake is dead so let the man rest inpeace

  • Corin Prendiville

    The creator of Metal Gear Solid doesn't want a film made, he looks at past video game films and sees how damaging they have/can be to the franchise and chose to not have one made. He is a real creative genius and he just doesn't want to see his baby get ruined. The only video game movie franchise to be even remotely successful has been Resident Evil which isn't being built from scratch as it is able to ride along the zombie sub-genre.

    Perhaps 5 to 10 years from now when video game films prove to be more stable then he might allow his game to be made. I think right now what will really alter his opinion is Prince of Persia and the World of Warcraft movie coming out, if both of those can be turned into successful and GOOD films then he might change his opinion. Also if the fourth Resident Evil movie turns out good.

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  • Ericmoreland

    me personally im a filmmaker about to graduate and let me say this I hope they don’t make this into a movie. I hope I be the one two turn it into a movie. This would be my best project me Kojima both team up and bring a great vision to life. Although i would want David Hayter to at least be part of the project. Either playing Snake or the writer. The problem is hollywood wants their own writers and own producers to make the film. They don’t want Kojima to be part of it. And that’s not gonna work. It has to be balance. I think the writers of 24, kojima , and Hayter would make great team. It would be the team I pick. Only because they are all good at writing good characters, conspiracy theories, and twisted governments. I think then that it would be a awesome. With me in the Director seat.

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