“!” – Everyone and their mother when they remembered that not only was Sony making a live-action Metal Gear Solid film, but Deadline is reporting they’d found someone to direct, Kings of Summer helmer Jordan Vogt-Roberts.
The race to turn every stealth-based video game under the sun into a viable film franchise continues as Sony continues development on transforming Metal Gear Solid from nigh-incomprehensible game to nigh-incomprehensible feature film. (Seriously, there’s movie versions of The Last of Us, Assassin’s Creed, Splinter Cell, Watch Dogs, and Uncharted on the way). Reports are coming in that the studio is in early talks with Vogt-Roberts to come aboard and direct. Based on the now-classic 1998 game of the same name, the project is being produced by Avi Arad and is receiving guidance from production president Michael DeLuca, who are working in conjunction with game creator Hideo Kojima and his development team in order to ensure they do Solid Snake justice. After all, with so many clones, plot twists, and oddly named members of Foxhound skulking about, Metal Gear Solid doesn’t exactly lend itself to easy on-screen translation.
While we quite enjoyed The Kings of Summer here at Nerdist, I have to admit I was a little bit surprised to see Vogt-Roberts had been tapped by Sony to possibly direct the project. Talks are still early, so nothing is set in stone, but it is worth noting that Vogt-Roberts had some frenetic, video game-style action sprinkled among his comedic repertoire (e.g. Mash-Up, Death Valley). Here’s hoping that much like the Russo Brothers shocked and delighted with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Vogt-Roberts will be able to prove that he’s the Big Boss of big budget video game movies.
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