Metal Gear Solid movie on indefinite hold

Film producer Michael De Luca says Sony's long-gestating big-screen adaptation of Konami's iconic stealth-action series may be stillborn.

Last week, a reported Spider-Man 4 delay cast doubt over the future of the Warcraft movie. Now, another big-screen adaptation of an iconic game franchise appears to be in trouble--if not canceled outright.

Solid Snake is apparently not ready for his close-up, Mr. De Mille.

Speaking to movie-news site Collider, producer Michael De Luca said that work on Sony Pictures' Metal Gear Solid movie has ceased indefinitely. "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," said the veteran filmmaker.

Though he did not name Metal Gear Solid publisher Konami or developer Kojima Studios by name, De Luca indicated that differences between the two parties and Sony were to blame. "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," said the producer. "In the case of Metal Gear Solid, the agendas just [didn't]…not because the parties weren't amicable, it was just kind of impossible to get the agendas to match up."

Though neither Konami nor Sony Pictures had responded to requests for comment as of press time, De Luca's comments appear to signal the end to the Metal Gear Solid movie. The live-action project was first revealed at the 2006 Electronic Entertainment Expo by game designer Hideo Kojima, who was to be its executive producer. Sony revealed its involvement just under three years ago, with Christian Bale rumored to be playing Solid Snake at one point.

[UPDATE] GameSpot reader RedMageNeko points out that there already is a live-action MGS movie--the unauthorized, fan-made Italian production Metal Gear Philanthropy.

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374 comments
Albaficas
Albaficas

Good to know the movie was canceled I bet kojima san was breaking Da luca or wtf balls haha We all know how kojima is very very strict about the MGS saga

GodOfSyn
GodOfSyn

OK, we need a good movie, lets be honest, its rare to have a movie that can keep up with the game. They have to holly wood it up too much and some are pretty good but it still looses the games feel and essence. I still like it when they at least try to make them, if anything at least it would be a good movie. So I say continue with the work!

Kristmas2
Kristmas2

Kojima should protect his legacy - movie is a bad idea!!!

hippiesanta
hippiesanta

No typical old-skool hollywood director please, or MGS will end up like Tomb Raider, Street Fighter and Resident Evil movies

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

I don't think Metal Gear would translate well to the big screen. The characters would be silly on film.

drew36chambers
drew36chambers

frankly, im relieved. the movie's director had done equilibrium and aeon flux, both horrible movies. and christian bale as snake? kill me now

taino1128
taino1128

As long as there is good acting, special effects, and they follow the storyline of the game, this would be a surprisingly good movie.

Death_xpress
Death_xpress

As many said this before, there is far too much content to make just one movie, and if this isnt directed by Kojima, there is no point in making it since it has to be exactly like the game to be credible.

dragontech22
dragontech22

@ kontraktkilla Unless Uwe Bowl made it, that is, lol. Then we would all fear its release!

dragontech22
dragontech22

Honestly, I think they should do a series of movies or a mini-series done on HBO or Cinimax (like Band of Brothers). I just think there is far too much material to do the story justice in a single or even a couple films. Maybe we could one day get a Ghost in the Shell-like animated series based on the games, which I'd be happy to watch if done well. In any case, I'd only want Hideo to direct it himself, as I would fear too many liberties would be taken by someone not passionate about the world crafted, and tones set in the stories of the games. Heck, I'd be happy to just watch a movie made of all the in-game scenes rendered in high quality, they certainly stand their own against most TV shows today, anyways.

VXCOM
VXCOM

WTH???.....wht happen nyway??.....they dint pay well??......dang im looking forward to this n they just stoped??...hahahaaaaaaaa......*Bang*~*Drop*~

solid_snake1992
solid_snake1992

they should have the entire japanese crew in konami hq japan go there and do it themselves

krummers
krummers

mgs would make a great movie franchise shame they just dont know how to go about it

ryuken1983
ryuken1983

Kurt Russell could play the part of naked snake/ big boss and solid snake but he is too old now to play solid snake the movie should start off from the beginning where the conflict started about the patriots and outer heaven and snake eater then you can go forward in time with the outer heaven and solid snake and big boss conflict like in the msx II stories metal gear and metal gear 2 solid snake then you can do the solid saga.

MOTORMETAL65
MOTORMETAL65

kurt russell looks more like snake than any other actor just look at him with his eye patch in escape from la

kontraktkilla
kontraktkilla

Who the hell cares if the movie wasn't as good as the game, it still would have been sick that they made a movie for the game. I do know a good site where fans made a great fan made film however, mgs-philanthropy.com, or .net or .org one of those. Check it out cause they put years into making it, and they're working on more parts for it. But screw all of you who thought the MGS movie would have sucked, any real fan would have counted the days until it came out.

5529319
5529319

Not like any others, i really thought for some time that this would be a really good movie. . .

Deepfreeze32
Deepfreeze32

Blast. As for people saying this would have been horrible, it ain't Uwe Boll people.

Evil_penguin21
Evil_penguin21

oh THANK GOD!!!! it doesn't matter who directed the movie it would have of been crappy.....and if it so much as made me feel for one second that it didn't do the game justice....i would have killed myself. it feels great to know that i can live :D

Evil_penguin21
Evil_penguin21

oh THANK GOD!!!! it doesn't matter who directed the movie it would have of been crappy.....and if it so much as made me feel for one second that it didn't do the game justice....i would have killed myself. it feels great to know that i can live :D

DrScorpio
DrScorpio

The Metal gear series is end of the every Game… the konami do his job great. And so we stay to see the greatest movie in all these years.

Nosoor
Nosoor

i agree mgs is doin great in fact it did great we need no movie or any thing els we all happy with the end of snake so cut the crap we r satesffied with mgs4 hideo pls dont do ny hing dump

TheAustrian
TheAustrian

Whew that was a close one. MGS doesn't need to be butchered by a crappy movie.

METALGEARNICK
METALGEARNICK

omg yes! im so glad there not making it they probly would of killed it

buft
buft

pity this could have been good

prioritymail
prioritymail

I really don't think a movie will have any chance of doing the game justice. Besides, the game is already feels so much like a movie that making a movie of it just seems futile. I hope it is delayed forever

Adam314-
Adam314-

I watched the unauthorized one and I actually liked it because they didn't butcher it like what they did to watchmen.

bladeleaper
bladeleaper

It wouldn't have been good anyway, can you imagine fitting that kind of endless dialog and story in a hour and a half to two hour film? maybe it's better this way.

taeyk2
taeyk2

I think Hughe Jackman would play a better Solid Snake. Look at him in X-men. Am I right? And Im glad the movie is on hold. I'm a huge Metal Gear Solid fan and i rather wait and have the movie done right than screw it up.

Malhound
Malhound

What about a Battlefield movie?

Malhound
Malhound

There is also a Prince of Persia movie.

ali-009
ali-009

Some games should stay as games,many characters out there (including snake) are unique and you can't find the right actor for them,and some storys are long and can't be told in three hours and MGS is the longest one.

Rhatik
Rhatik

I WANT TO SEE a movie of the TICK THAT WOULD BE AWESOME!

TongLong
TongLong

I'd like to see a Cooking Mama movie, a Brain Age movie, or maybe a Wii Fit Plus movie!!!

MetallicFPSNut
MetallicFPSNut

It's better this way. I don't want to see one of my favorite franchises get destroyed because someone who was unwilling to participate botches it.

02050muh
02050muh

@ falldogout are u always this confusing??

marco245
marco245

Why make a CGI movie? Then it's just the game on a bigger screen.

falldogout
falldogout

So they are making a movie based on a movie? Huh? OHHH REMAKE GOT IT

Jerard66
Jerard66

Well that's a good news. If the script is bad its better not to be made.

Oldgun
Oldgun

Well that's a relief. At least we wouldn't see an EPIC big screen fail for such a historical character in video game history that is Snake...

xxpoo521xx
xxpoo521xx

MGS would have been a great and epic movie if Hideo were to direct it.. it could have been the very first videogame to movie adaptation that didnt completly suck (Except for Advent Children). But no way in hell could Christian "the b*tch" bale play the battle-heardened clone that we all have grown to love. if anyone could play him.. this is a stretch because they dont sound alike is Russle Crowe. They are both aged and Crowe is a great actor. Or even Kurt Russel "from which Hideo drew inspiration from in Escape From N.Y. especially since Snake has werner syndrom and has aged prematurely

Art_games4ever
Art_games4ever

Very good!!! I hope there won't be a movie, the franchise is just to perfect to be ruined by some hollywood bs, and Christian Bale!? you gotta be kidding me....

arieas
arieas

Great. I'm sure Hideo is sticking by his guns to ensure that it is not turned into a barrel of crap like most game to movies, if not all. And I bet Hideo has the right ideas to make sure that the game transitions into live action well without being some quirky mess. Besides The Sims is supposedly going to be turned into a movie so we can all look forward to that. Not. :P