The New Director of the 'Metal Gear Solid' Movie Is Considering an R-Rating

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 - 2:58PM
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Tuesday, 21 February 2017 - 2:58PM
The New Director of the 'Metal Gear Solid' Movie Is Considering an R-Rating
Image credit: Konami, Gamespot
A Metal Gear Solid movie has been long rumored (2006!) but may finally have some serious traction behind it. Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts had initially signed on to make the film a few years back but instead got scooped up to direct the next installment in the King Kong universe, the reboot Kong: Skull Island. Now, with that film set to debut in a matter of weeks, Vogt-Roberts has once again returned his attention to the video game franchise, which deals in super spies and stopping terrorism among its many themes and plot lines.



Talking with Collider.com, Vogt-Roberts explained in more detail his vision for the movie, which sounds very much like it's moving forward. He spoke of the need to decide on whether the film would take the hard R-rated route or more fan-friendly PG-13 way by stating:

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"I think that for me, I want to make the version of the movie that is most true to what it needs to be, so if that is a Deadpool or Logan route where you go with a smaller budget and you're able to make it R, great. If you need to blow it out more and really get that bigger budget and go PG-13, I think it could exist in both avenues. There are hyper-violent parts to Metal Gear but I would not necessarily call the hyper-violent part the core element of it versus like the tone and the voice and the philosophies that the characters exhibit."
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Later in the interview, he talked in-depth about the challenges that video game movies often have, which recent disappointments like Prince of Persia, Warcraft and Assassin's Creed have thrown into sharp relief: 

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"So first and foremost beyond thinking about budget, I wanna find the version that someone like you who's like a superfan of this property would say, 'They did it. That's my Metal Gear. That's my shit.' Beyond it being a video game movie, beyond the difference between active experience and passive experience and why people haven't been able to translate an active experience into a good passive experience in the shape of a film, beyond that question to me it's not even about being a video game movie, Metal Gear is an important story, an important set of characters."
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Metal Gear Solid is one of the most popular video game franchises of all time, so if done right, the film itself could spawn a whole new fanbase and likely it's own set of sequels. It will be interesting to see what details come out as the movie moves further into production, especially who ends up being cast in the iconic role of the protagonist, Solid Snake. At the very least, the film now sounds squarely on Vogt-Roberts' radar, so things will hopefully be speeding along.
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