Metal Gear Movie Probably Not Happening

What seemed like a match made in heaven, Hollywood and Metal Gear Solid, does not look like it was meant to be.

The stealth series, created by game designer Hideo Kojima, was known for its stealth game play and movie style cinematics. Metal Gear Solid looked, if not played, like a motion picture.

These cinematic stylings were no accident — designer Hideo Kojima has cited numerous movies that have influenced the MGS games. When it was announced that a movie version of Metal Gear Solid was in the works, it seemed like a perfect fit.

Initially there were rumours that Christian Bale would be snake, chatter that Snake voice actor and Hollywood scribe David Hayter wanted to do the script and word that Kurt Wimmer, whose directing credits include sci-fi action fodder like Equilibrium and Ultraviolet would be helming the project.

Producer Michael De Luca, whose credits range from the good (Boogie Nights) to the not-so-good (Little Nicky), was spearheading the Hollywood version of the flick. In a recent interview with, De Luca describes how the entire project has stalled: "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."

According to De Luca, a movie can only hurt a franchise — not necessarily help. If the film is good, then it will sell games. If the film is a stinker, then it tarnishes the franchise's image. It becomes a black eye.

"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," says the producer. "And in the case of Metal Gear Solid, the agendas just…. not because the parties weren't amicable, it was just kind of impossible to get the agendas to match up."

In spring 2008, De Luca spoke at length about the "rich universe" Hideo Kojima created and how cinematic the series is. "Not mess with the DNA of the game but provide a movie that is an adaptation but that has its own cinematic identity so even if you don't play the game you know, you'll come out of that movie feeling like you did at the end of The Matrix or the end of Robocop," the producer said at the time.

Several sources close to the project have confirmed that the Metal Gear Solid movie isn't happening. The reason, however, seems to be an issue of money. Sony Pictures was willing to finance somewhere between $US40 million ~ $US80 million for the film; however, Kojima Productions and Konami balked, believing that the figure was not enough to create a proper cinematic version of the game.

By today's standard, the budget would have put Metal Gear Solid at the lower end of the production scale. For comparison's sake, Sony Pictures film Spider-Man 3 had a $US300 million budget.


    Well this news is kind of good and bad, it sucks that this movie is probably going to be sitting on some Hollywood movie studio executive’s desk for the next 10 years. But I’d rather wait for this movie to be made the way it was supposed to be made and not be some Hollywood rushjob. 40 million doesn’t make the movie it did 10 years ago, pretty much all Action movies made these days are over the 120 million budget. If you look at the budget of the game, probably over 100 million (I’m not sure exactly what it was) that’s the equivalent of a blockbuster 250 million dollar movie. MGS will eventually be made into a movie, the question is if the people funding the movie have enough faith in it to make it good. It’s a shame because by the sound of it they want this movie to be made on a medium budget to make a medium profit and then be forgotten about.

    the storyline is suited to Wikipidia not movies..

    same with most video game storylines.. just strings with characters linked in.. they can be as deep as the sea in leanth.. but that doesnt make the story good.. (for most people)..

    Lore doesnt = Story.. ..

    In other news i think Hideo Kojima should make a Lore Heavy MMO... hes the master of LORE!

    Sony should have at least dropped $100 million on it, minimum. Setting the bottom bar at $40 million is a complete joke, it's like spitting in Hideo's face. There's no way the Sony Exec even played through an entire Metal Gear game...after just one play through it's pretty clear there's no way the movie is getting made for less than $100 mill. Hell, Christian Bale would take about $20m as a paycheck.

    I think its great- the movie would have been terrible, we would have all been disappointed and we would all have blamed Kojima for turning into George Lucas and ruining a fan loved series with a bad flick (or a trilogy of bad flicks).

      I don't get the George Lucas hate. You can hate his movies if you want, but if I was in his position I'd be all, "This is my story and I'll do it my way." The fans are ungrateful if you ask me.

    Wait, wait, wait.

    Why are we still following this franchise? Cue angry flame from all 20 die-hard fans, but I honestly lost track of the story about partway through Sons Of Liberty. The timeline shifts to much it feels like I'm playing Mortal Kombat backwards.

    Don't get me wrong - a movie would be awesome. We could replace it for MGS4. Cause all that was, really, was an interactive movie.

      the timeline shifts too much? what are you talking about?

      sons of liberty set sometime after the events of MGS1. what is it that confuses you about this?

    "If the film is good, then it will sell games. If the film is a stinker, then it tarnishes the franchise’s image. It becomes a black eye."

    Final Fantasy: Spirits Within...*shudder*
    Final Fantasy XIII...sold massively well.

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