Metal Gear Solid film dead, follows Halo
I think we're witnessing a divide in a relationship that once looked like it could be the next big thing in Hollywood and for the video game industry, as it's revealed that the chance of a Metal Gear Solid film has gone.
It appears that the two industries just couldn't see eye to eye on the adaptation, and that meant it was going nowhere fast, and so just passed quietly away. It sounds very similar to what happened with Halo, and makes me wonder, what is Gears of War doing to get made?
The producer Michael De Luca revealed that the Metal Gear Solid film has been talked about for some time, and if we look back all seemed to be going well, the game creator was on board, the game studio, the film studio, everything looked like it was moving forward, and the fan base were excited, Kurt Russell playing Snake?
"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…
…[T]he 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. 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…
… I get it because the problem with a lot of these adaptations is it's such a huge franchise for the video game company. A movie can only hurt. If the movie's great, you're probably not going to sell more games. It's such a separate thing. The franchise being as big as it kind of helps the movie…I'm not sure the movie does the same thing for the game."
That's really bad news I think, for Metal Gear Solid would be superb cinematically, it just lends itself to film much more than other video games, and there are others that follow this mould, think Rainbow Six, Splinter Cell, and other video game properties like that, all would make great films.
Here though it's not going to work, and I think the real issue is that Hollywood wants to change so much to make a film version and the video game companies want to protect their creations, that's what happened with Halo and the game studio weren't willing to release so much control to the film studio that they could do what they wanted with the universe, altering story and characters and affecting the existing franchise they've built.
That's the same with Metal Gear Solid, and would be the same with any of these other lucrative video game franchises.
The more that this happens the more I'm wondering if we're going to see a faithful adaptation of one of these big game franchises.
Oh I know you're going to tell me about Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and Gears of War, but I really do wonder what's happening with these films. Prince of Persia doesn't look like it's going to be that faithful to the video game other than the core story, and hearing everything above I'm now concerned how different Gears of War is going to be from the game version.
What do you think? Is this a sign for the relationship between the two industries and for the current video game adaptations out there? Is Gears of War the next to fall down? Are video game adaptions not going to make it to film unless the companies are willing to give up on their ideals and let Hollywood change them?