Its been a long time since this was last mentioned and it seems like it was never going to be mentioned ever again but in an article over on MTV Movie Blog, Solid Snake voice acter, David Hayter tries his best to explain the situation as to why we have not seen Solid Snake on the big screen.
“They’ve been trying to work out a deal between [creator Hideo Kojima] and [Sony],” he said. “A couple of years ago, a producer friend of mine asked me if I would be interested in doing the adaptation. And I said ‘Of course. I know it pretty well.’ I think I can say without contradiction that I know it better than any screenwriter on the planet. I’ve said every word that Snake has said. So I felt well-qualified.”
A script was written and submitted and the wheels started turning. So what happened? Hayter isn’t completely sure; everything he knows, he’s heard secondhand. I hesitate to report those details, other than to say that the plans derailed, at least in part, due to political reasons on Konami’s (the game publisher) side.
Hayter added, “On top of that, I don’t believe they were ever able to successfully close a deal between Mr. Kojima and Sony. This is all just stuff I’ve heard.”
What Hayer can speak to with authority is the work he did, the script he wrote. “I did come up with a pitch for the movie which I thought was pretty cool and I would still love to do. But there are far larger issues in terms of who’s going to get the rights to do it and what sort of involvement Mr. Kojima is going to have. All that needs to be worked out before I would ever come up.”
Unfortunately for fans who are chomping at the bit to know more, there’s a big difference between the script existing and Hayter being willing to talk about it. The initial movie plans might have fallen apart, but the possibility always exists that plans for a “Metal Gear Solid” movie will be revived. For that reason, Hayter is staying mum.
“I really want to spring some things on people,” he explained. “Having been intimately involved with ‘Metal Gear,’ I would like to give people a story that will grab the fans. The fans will know the context that we’re talking about once they see the trailers. They’ll say ‘Oh my god, they’re going there.’ But they won’t quite know how the story is going to unfold or what some of the big surprises are going to be. And that’s really the only way to keep a movie [adaptation] interesting.”
Interesting stuff. Will we ever see it in a cinema anytime soon? its hard to say but never say never I suppose. Fingers crossed it does happen though.
Thanks to the MTV Movie Blog for the original article.
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