Jordan Vogt-Roberts, director of the in-development Metal Gear Solid movie, has been celebrating the 31st anniversary of the Metal Gear series for the last month. To end the month, which has included commissioned fan art, concept art, shared tattoos and more, Vogt-Roberts wanted to do something special. He brought actor David Hayter, who played the part of Solid Snake and Naked Snake through 10 different Metal Gear games in for a codec call that pays tribute to the series and to the ideas that creator Kojima expressed over the years of its publishing.
The short video is totally in with the tone of the Metal Gear games, so it seems like Vogt-Roberts gets what fans like about the series. While that doesn’t always hold up through studio edits, executive notes, and all of that, it’s a great place to start from.
Vogt-Roberts also pulled in Patric Zimmerman, the voice of series villain Revolver Ocelot, to give a sort-of update on the film, which is to say – there’s not much to update. The film is still in pre-production and there’s little to add. There’s a first draft of a script in, written by Derek Connolly, who also wrote Jurassic World and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and is credited as a co-writer on Star Wars: Episode IX.
Listening to Vogt-Roberts talk, though, it’s hard not to get excited. Video game movies haven’t been good yet, but Metal Gear seems especially well primed to make the jump to movies with its long dialogue sequences and Kojima’s flair for the cinematic. The ultra-complicated narrative could be whittled down into something watchable or used a simple inspiration. One thing that gives me a lot of confidence came from an interview Vogt-Roberts did with Collider.
When asked about good video game movies, he mentions three movies that aren’t based on games, but instead work like games – Kubo and the Two Strings, Snowpiercer, and Edge of Tomorrow. Later in the interview, he says that he wants to lean into the weirdness of Metal Gear – the surrealism, comedy, and horror of it. The movies that people can make sense of and fall in love with nowadays are stuff that would’ve seemed bonkers to us 20 years ago, Vogt-Roberts explains.