'Metal Gear Solid' Director Answers Fan Questions on Reddit AMA

Thursday, 09 March 2017 - 11:34AM
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Thursday, 09 March 2017 - 11:34AM
'Metal Gear Solid' Director Answers Fan Questions on Reddit AMA
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There are few video game franchises that are as beloved (or convoluted) as Metal Gear Solid. The games' unique cinematic approach to interactive storytelling has been revolutionary for the video game industry, but is there an elegant way to adapt these games for the big screen?

This is a question that's weighing heavily on the mind of Jordan Vogt-Roberts, the director of Kong: Skull Island. In a Reddit AMA, Vogt-Roberts answered questions about his upcoming movie adaptation of Metal Gear Solid. Vogt-Roberts' comment was lengthy, but here are the highlights:

Opening quote
"Many people think that video games can't successfully be adapted into films because of the inherent difference between an active experience and a passive one. I disagree...I intend to do two things: 1) understand the actual feelings a game elicits from you when you're playing it. What does Metal Gear make you feel? What is the quiet tension of sneaking around?...

"2) Metal Gear is not like anything else on the planet. Therefore Kojima's voice must be protected. The walking ideologies and talking philosophies of the characters. The complex and varied tone needs to be present. The intensity, the weirdness, everything....(Go watch Kong, it does crazy things with tone)."
Closing quote


Considering the cinematic design of Metal Gear Solid games, their core story and theme of the struggle of humanity in an era of rapidly developing technology, there's no doubt the franchise has the potential to excite moviegoers. That is, if the source material is handled properly.

It remains to be seen whether Vogt-Roberts will deliver the breakout gaming hit that moviegoers are desperate for. Considering how much thought he's put into his plan for an R-rated, artistic experience, though, there's a good chance this might be the movie that breaks the curse of video game movie adaptations.
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