One of the biggest modern franchises in video gaming, Konami’s Metal Gear franchise goes all the way back to 1987’s original game, which introduced the world to a new element in the video game medium: stealth. In 1998, the series exploded with the release of the original Metal Gear Solid, which revolutionized 3D video gaming when it was released for the original PlayStation, and is regarded by many to be one of the best games ever made. From there, Metal Gear Solid has spawned four sequels, with a fifth on the cusp of being released later this year.
One of the major reasons for the enduring popularity of the series is the main character, Solid Snake. Now, that character and series, imagined by acclaimed game developer Hideo Kojima, will get the chance to come to the silver screen.
According to Deadline, Sony Pictures Entertainment has enlisted screenwriter Jay Basu (Fast Girls, The Dinosaur Project) to write a film adaptation of Metal Gear Solid. With a development timeline going back to at least 2006, this represents a substantive step forward in actually getting the production off the ground. To be produced by Avi and Ari Arad, Metal Gear Solid is reportedly going to be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer). This is Basu’s second major studio job within a year, as he was also hired by Universal Pictures to write one of the upcoming entries in its rebooted Universal Monsters series.
With a wide variety of media, it’s not exactly clear at this point if the film will be adapting some of the existing games for a film story, or if it will be an entirely original work. The smart money is likely on the former, but you never can tell.
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