A movie based on Hideo Kojima’s Metal Gear Solid video game franchise is in the works, with Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts attached to direct it. Vogt-Roberts has now given an update on the project, but unfortunately for fans, it doesn’t sound like it’s happening anytime soon.
In an appearance on Star Wars writer Gary Whitta’s Animal Talking show, Vogt-Roberts said a script is finished, but he has yet to be given the greenlight from a studio to actually make it. He shared that he wants to do it at a sizeable budget to faithfully capture the essence of the game series.
“Look, this is my baby. I’ve been working on this thing for six years, trying to make it so it is the disruptive, punk-rock, true to Metal Gear, true to Kojima-san spirit version of what this is. I will continue to fight for it every day,” Vogt-Roberts said. “It’s a difficult thing, getting any movie made in Hollywood is hard. Getting something like Metal Gear made … it is so complex [so] it’s even harder. That’s why I’m trying to make it for a budget where you can do crazy sh**, where you can do the Metal Gear version of it where it isn’t neutered.”
Vogt-Roberts went on to say he had hoped to be filming already, but the COVID-19 crisis and other factors have caused some disruptions to the schedule.
“I thought I was going to be on set on this movie a year ago. Right now, there’s a bunch of … COVID has sort of changed everything and we’re figuring out a bunch of stuff,” he said. “I have no idea when it’s going to go. I will fight for it every single day. I will fight to try and get this animated series going in conjunction with it. It’s tough getting movies made, especially something where you’re trying to be bold like this. I will fight every single day until I can’t.”
Also in the interview, Vogt-Roberts said he has actors in mind who could play Snake, but he did not say who they are. In addition to the movie, Vogt-Roberts said he’s hopeful to be able to make a Metal Gear animated series that brings back David Hayter as the voice of Snake.
For more on the Metal Gear movie, check out GameSpot’s own interview with Vogt-Roberts in the video above.