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The Metal Gear Solid movie will honor the series, but have its own story

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Jul 22, 2018

The famous video game series Metal Gear Solid is slowly making its way to becoming a movie, and there's more information about it coming out of San Diego Comic-Con. Be careful, this truck may start to move.

Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Kong: Skull Island) spoke with IGN about his adaptation of Hideo Kojima's masterwork series, revealing first and foremost that the script is complete. He also made it clear that the movie will not simply take one of the game's storylines and give it bigger explosions. 

As he said, "We’re not exactly adapting something verbatim as ‘this game,’ but we’re also not just going to throw it out in a crazy Dark Tower way that it completely disregards why fans love the thing." He went on to say that Kojima himself encouraged him to find his own path, saying, “Do what I would do, betray your audience.”

Though he's definitely throwing some series shade at the film adaptation of The Dark Tower, we can see his point. Vogt-Roberts went on to explain that his goal was to try and "translate what the fans would want and expect, and to really take the unwieldy, amazing, decade-spanning timeline and have a way to make part of that make sense as a film." Sounds easy when he puts it like that. 

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Vogt-Roberts made it clear that he is both proud and excited, and very happy with the way the script turned out. When it comes to the "time periods and the scope of it," he said that he's never seen it's like before. It will definitely not follow a three-act structure, which Vogt-Roberts thinks "people are now bored of." This looks to do something different, tapping into Metal Gear lore "in a way that people just haven't seen." 

That's all well and good... but who's gonna play series hero Solid Snake? The Rock? Johnny Depp? Tilda Swinton

"I have a billion different ideas in my head," says Vogt-Roberts, but as the script has just been handed in, they haven't exactly begun casting yet. He is also quick to point out that though some recent concept art borrows Christian Bale's likeness, that doesn't mean anything. 

It will be interesting to see how this one turns out. Video games have a famously rough time with movie adaptations, with every new attempt at some point getting thought of as "the one that might be amazing." The latest Tomb Raider reboot was fun, but other attempts have been less than great. We won't mention them — they know who they are. 

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(Via: IGN)