It seems like the long-gestating, Metal Gear Solid movie is back on track. Sony has been for long working on bringing Solid Snake to the silver screen for quite some time, but the project kept stalling out before it got going. But now it looks like the creative team is kick-starting things. The studio has hired Jurassic World writer, Derek Connolly to pen the Metal Gear Solid movie.
Connolly has joined director, Jordan Vogt-Roberts on this project. The pair has collaborated before for Kong: Skull Island, which was a success, critically and financially. So having Sony get them back together for Metal Gear Solid seems like the right thing to have been done. The last writer that was brought on to have a crack at the project was Jay Basu (Monsters: Dark Continent) in 2015. It is likely that Connolly will write a new draft, as the report makes no note of a rewrite.
The original Metal Gear Solid video game, which was created by Hideo Kojima was launched in 1998 for the original Playstation console. The game follows a soldier, Solid Snake, who breaks into a nuclear weapons compound and tries to stop a terrorist threat by a rogue special forces unit, Foxhound. There have been more than ten games in this series and it has spanned two decades. Given the success of the franchise, it seems to be a perfect title to adapt for the big screen.
As movie fans and gamers will point out, Hollywood does not have a great track record when it comes to adapting video games for the big screen. In the last one year, we saw movies like Assassin’s Creed, Warcraft and another Resident Evil movie fail to achieve great heights. Despite that, studios, especially Sony are still trying their best to crack the code to make a successful video game movie happen. They are also developing an Uncharted movie, with Tom Holland set to star.
As far as Derek Connolly goes, even if you do not love what he has worked on, he has worked on very successful movies. In addition to Jurassic World and Kong: Skull Island, he has Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom under his belt.
Sony does not have a release date for Metal Gear Solid as of now. Variety’s report also does not make mention of any star attached to the role of Snake.