Sony Pictures making Metal Gear movie

[UPDATE] Executive confirms his movie studio is working on the live-action adaptation of the seminal stealth action series; Sony also pondering EverQuest film.

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At the Electronic Entertainment Expo last year, Konami revealed that work had begun on a live-action movie based on Metal Gear Solid. The news broke via a pamphlet for Studio Kojima, the Konami-owned development house headed up by Metal Gear series creator Hideo Kojima.

"I have received many offers to adapt Metal Gear Solid. It has taken a long time, but we have finally settled on an arrangement," Kojima said in a statement. "False facts aside, a movie project is underway. I have finalized a Class-A contract with a party in Hollywood."

For eight months, the identity of the aforementioned "party" was unknown. That changed this week, when Sony Pictures Entertainment vice chairman Yair Landau revealed his studio is developing the project.

"We're working with the Metal Gear guys," Landau told GameSpot following his D.I.C.E. summit keynote address in Las Vegas. "It's a very cinematic game, it really lends itself to movie telling. But the question is, 'How do you translate Snake's experience into a full arc that conforms to what audiences expect on the large screen?'"

Landau also hinted the Metal Gear Solid movie may just be the beginning. "There are other games we are looking to develop," the executive said. "We're working with one of my favorite producers right now on an idea for an EverQuest movie." The producer was apparently of such stature that Landau declined to name him. "I'll let him disclose that," he said cryptically.

Besides the forthcoming World of Warcraft film, currently in development at Warner Bros., the Metal Gear Solid movie is the highest-profile game-film project in Hollywood. Previously, that stature was held by the Peter Jackson-produced Halo adaptation, which imploded last year.

[UPDATE] On Friday, news of Sony's involvement surfaced in the Hollywood trades, which gave further details on the deal. According to The Hollywood Reporter, former New Line Cinema chief Michael De Luca is in talks to produce the project, with Kojima himself being named as executive producer.

Sony executives Sam Dickerman and Doug Belgrad are in charge of finalizing the deal to acquire the Metal Gear Solid film rights, which is apparently close to completion. Belgrad hailed the Metal Gear IP as "loaded with well-developed, intriguing characters and one of the first games to ever use cinematic tools in its storytelling."

Discussion

1470 comments
ali-009
ali-009

LOL,a movie,you mean a series with 3 seasons at least,it will become more popular than LOST,but anyways it can't be changed into a movie because every single detail in the game have a story of its own,it is not only about snake,and how can someone become snake,or how will the re-create the fight between raiden and vamp,this can't become a movie,that can't happen.

aslom1
aslom1

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CptJuancho
CptJuancho

Please don't screw it up and make a good movie. I agree the story must be from the metal gear 1 (1998). I almost cried at the end, it's too perfect.

GuitarRipper420
GuitarRipper420

One more very important thing, it needs the soundtrack from the 1998 version, the theme right at the beginning of the game when that women is singing but with no words, it has the metal gear feel for me. I have just been waiting for this for 12 years.

GuitarRipper420
GuitarRipper420

One more thing, the story from the Metal Gear Solid on playstation 1 had the perfect story, that is why i loved it, the story, 5 out of 5 stars.

GuitarRipper420
GuitarRipper420

It just needs to be like Metal Gear Solid for Playstation 1998, then you have the best movie in the world, maybe you should make that game into the movie, that is still the best game in the world to me. I used to beat it everyday, man i still love that game over all of them.

GuitarRipper420
GuitarRipper420

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hawk2320
hawk2320

I think making this movie should have a producer like Jerry Bruckheimer. Based on his previous movies like Hunt For Red October and many more have very good sound tracks. Including camera angles is what you need and you can get that from Jerry B. As for the director I would say Spielberg will be great but I do also think that there's other directors out there who can direct this film.

redskins2156
redskins2156

I wish they would make it like they made the final fantasy movies. I don't think theres an actor out there that can fit Solid Snakes mold.

joelgargan
joelgargan

davorhazer are you joking? George Lucas? Steven Spielberg? Metal Gear is not a crappy summer action flick, its an action drama, and i believe a director(s) with experience in the area other than "Star Wars" should take the seat for this one... (Perhaps the Cohen Brothers....?)

Honeydipps
Honeydipps

i'm more nervous than excited to see this movie. i know we all have our choices for the cast. well for me hugh jackman would make a great solid snake. but the key characteristic is his voice. there's so much drama going on in the series. how can they compress it into one movie without making it look like it was rushed? davorhazer was right, we've all had a rollercoaster ride playing the whole series. what we have perceived of this game can be easily destroyed if the game is not translated well into a movie.

kaoka
kaoka

okay, I have a degree in music technology, and I got to say that overdubbing is a lot more work and a lot harder to make seem natural than you think, especially if it was for the whole movie and if your trying to fit someone voice over someone elses. it just wouldn't seem natural no matter what. and george lucas and steven spielberg shouldn't be allowed near MGS because they would turn it into the new indiana jones and none of us want to see that happen. and by the way if you want to see a good game-to-movie, watch max payne, because it is way better than you'd expect and I didn't even really get into the game. I think you should all stop worrying, cause if kojima is on the project you know it's gonna be awsome.

davorhazer
davorhazer

I'm not even going to bother watching if it's another mediocre game-to-movie deal. I just really don't want to ruin that moment after I've completed the series thinking, that was the best series of games, ever... I think steven spielberg or george lucas should take the chair :)

acortez707
acortez707

That would b pretty sweeet!!!... Those games are hellla tight!!.

ShadowOfKratos
ShadowOfKratos

Kojima said in a statement. "False facts aside, a movie project is underway. I have finalized a Class-A contract with a party in Hollywood." "According to The Hollywood Reporter, former New Line Cinema chief Michael De Luca is in talks to produce the project, with Kojima himself being named as EXECUTIVE PRODUCER." do you know what this means if it's true?? it means this movie is NOT gonna end up like Hitman, or Street Fighter or some other b.s. game-movie adaptation. coz if Kojima has even just a nail on the project, he will make sure Hollywood makes this an Oscar... Kojima is gonna own!!!

bobbyslindog
bobbyslindog

thanks.. at last they made a movie of my number one favorite games mgs, that's what i've waited for too long ago when i was playing metal gear solid in playstation... that's my dream to watch a movie of metal gear at big screen....... thanks to Hideo Kojima my idol.. your fan Bob

nintendoecx
nintendoecx

cool cant wait to watch it. when is the movie going to release on theaters?

domot
domot

Hope they still have David hayter and all that.And i hope they release a move for all 6 games

akiwak
akiwak

It would be a nice nod to have some of the people that have helped with the MGS legacy be in the movie. I always love seeing Stan Lee in his Marvel movies.

wellrod
wellrod

I think it could be okay I suppose but it would be really great if the voice actors took some part in the game like David Hayter!! Awesome!!!

benjamimmy
benjamimmy

i think it would look kinda odd, if it was real life people but if they made it animated like the game's cutscenes, i think it would be really awesome.

topaz_flare
topaz_flare

When I saw the topic, the first thing that I thought was " Oh F***!" please don't ruin the game for the love of everything MG.... We don't need anymore sucky game movies so do it right.

Rsoub
Rsoub

well every one saw the resident evil movie HITMAN , DOOM TOMB RAIDER. and alot more movies from video games and all these its just waste of time and money. if they will make metal gear movie it will be a SAGA or TRILOGY i hope it will be good movie but am not sure am metal gear fan from more then 10 years so please you movies production make it goooood please

LordSpleach
LordSpleach

I wish it could be a direct cut and copy from the game script, but I know audiences wouldn't want to keep up with the highly detailed plot.

DiabolicalX
DiabolicalX

I hear from IMDB that Hideo Kojima is writing and directing, so it should be good

-_GrayFox_-
-_GrayFox_-

I always saw metal gear as a movie kinda thing but you know what i was kinda thinking instead they should make it a movie but animated like the comic book and all the voice actors and OMFG that would rule. but ima still watch this movie when it comes out cause im a fan of Kojima's work

-_GrayFox_-
-_GrayFox_-

IM watching it good or bad just because im a fan i wanna see this ****

IMBSquared
IMBSquared

I'm not so sure David Hayter would be best to play as Snake. I saw him the other day in Guyver 2 (not to be confused with McGuyver) and he wasn't a bad match, but that movie is over 15 years old and I'm not so sure he looks the part anymore. Hugh Jackman wouldn't be a bad match, but the voice would definitely be a problem, since I can't think of a single film where dubbing actually looked or sounded natural. As for Christian Bale and David Boreanz.... ummm... yeah... keep looking.

octocam
octocam

dude christian bale would be unreal!! for those that dont know hes batman in batman begins and the dark knight

Shishio817
Shishio817

It'd be an awesome movie, if it's done right.

anasor07
anasor07

in my opinion i should have wait at least one year after the release of the game to anounce it, because it could be one of two a great succes or another shi.... movie god i hope not ! because it is a very important and impresive game. Anyway lets wait to what happend

lfg18
lfg18

well i just hope those Hollywood guys don't make a horrible movie like they have done with all the other video game based movies (street fighter, mario bros, mortal kombat), resiident evil was not that bad...well and as DonCarlone said as least snake's voice must be in the movie

schawnneo
schawnneo

it's gonna rock the world !!

BelmontMaster
BelmontMaster

Unless Hayter is Snake then it can't be a Metal Gear movie.

DonCarlone
DonCarlone

Whatever actor they use (I think Jackman would be a great young Snake) they should probably think about dubbing in Hayter's voice. The voice is what makes the man in this case.

chrissypere
chrissypere

i deffo agree with everything thesorrow395 says, keep everything simple , all the voices are perfeck for the people , GO MGS XD

OMGitsZAL
OMGitsZAL

Keep Phil LaMarr as Vamp. :(

TheSorrow395
TheSorrow395

If the original actors of the game do not play the part they should, it really wouldnt be a good movie. Listen to this crap: Johnny Depp as Vamp?! Sneaky2, what have you been smokin' and where can I get some? Eric Banner? Aussie? What the Hell?! Bendall01, you should know Snake is American. By the way, Bendall01, sleep with one eye open... And who the Hell is Nick Lachey!? I swear...Some people just dont know when to think: "Hmmm, David Hayter has played Snake since the Dawn of Metal Gear. Wouldn't it be fitting to let him play as the guy hes voiced since characters could have voices in MG games?"... Plus, I think Hideo should have appear in the movie somewhere.

DVD7227
DVD7227

Ehhh I love MGS i just hate the idea of video games being imported to movies, hope they pull it off. Crosses fingers for the near future

fahyman93
fahyman93

youve got to have david hayter playin snake and wen is this film coming out?

Stryker521
Stryker521

Hell YEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAHHHH!!!!!!!!

ronniepage588
ronniepage588

YES! This is probably the first promising videogame-based movie to date. sony is making it, and kojima will be on hand the entire time, executive producer basically means he is there to make sure they doing things correct and faithful, and incase they run into any problems and to answer any questions. the only thing left that is really the most crucial part, is the director. yeah, the actors will be important, but the right director is the most crucial decision.

Donnyp
Donnyp

All these names everyone is saying are the exact same over and over. Jackman couldnt do it cause of the wolverine movie. It'd take alot longer to release. Plus the thing that makes him snake is his voice. Unless David does it he has to coach the actor into sounding like snake. Thats the only 2 options. It could turn out like Slient hill. If you play the game the movie sucks if you havent the movie is awsome. And as for people saying not a single good movie based game. I thought hitman was a good movie. O and halo will be one liners and no story. But action sells.

The_fool_man
The_fool_man

jackman would be good as snake plus he can change up his voice for sure

Mr_born808
Mr_born808

ooohhh nnoo, the greatest story in Video games with be ruined by B!t*he$.

themanofsteel18
themanofsteel18

Why not hugh jackman as snake? He has the look but not sure about the voice.