Here’s a little tidbit of news we missed, back in an interview in 2006 Hideo Kojima announced that he thought Lord of the Rings star, Viggo Mortensen, would be the perfect role as Snake.
Hideo Kojima : ‘It’s going to be a Hollywood film. It won’t be that German director [Uwe Boll]. Viggo Mortensen would make a perfect Snake, but maybe he’s a little too old. Metal Gear Solid, which was set in Alaska, would make a perfect setting for the movie.’
The first and most important thing to note: this video is fan made and is not in any way an official movie production. Philanthropy is a well organised live action effort to produce an MGS movie and this, the trailer for which, is the fruit of their offerings.
I have taken the time to include this movie here because it illustrates the potential that an official Hollywood live action adaptation can achieve, when such high standard fan-made work can be created with the lowliest of budgets.
“After a full year’s efforts, a year full of patience and growth, The Hive Division is happy to share with all of our Internet friends the first trailer of Philanthropy. The project has been a part of our lives for more than four years, and in those four years, the aims that it represents and the dreams that it embodies have grown alongside us.
This trailer is an example of what we want to share with all of you who have followed us until now, you who have aspired as we have, as filmmakers, as videogame fans, or as individuals fascinated by the potential digital technology offers to anyone with a strong idea and a will brave enough to follow it.”
8 months later, on 8th February 2007 Variety reported that Columbia Pictures, owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment were “bringing hit vidgame franchise “Metal Gear Solid” to the bigscreen.”
With the announcement came the news of Michael De Luca’s inolvment as a producer — previous works have included American History X, Blade II and Magnolia. Video game creator Hideo Kojima will act as executive producer, overseeing the project.
Yair Landau, Sony chair, confirmed it was in the works following his keynote speech Thursday at the DICE vidgame confab in Las Vegas — to quote, “It’s a very cinematic game, it really lends itself to movie telling. But the question is, ‘How do you translate Snake’s experience into a full arc that conforms to what audiences expect on the large screen?”
Doug Belgrad, an executive involved with finalising the deal (the other being Sam Dickerman) states that MGS is “loaded with well-developed, intriguing characters and one of the first games to ever use cinematic tools in its storytelling.” The deal is supposedly near completion.
As it stands, the IMDB page pens a 2009 release date.
Firstly on April 28th in a podcast, then on May 10th 2006 at the last E3 expo Metal Gear Solid creator (amidst rumors), Hideo Kojima, made the announcement that a feature-length film adaptation of the popular series was in development:
“I have received many offers to adapt Metal Gear Solid. It has taken a long time, but we have finally settled on an arrangement. False facts aside, a movie project is underway. I have finalized a Class-A contract with a party in Hollywood.” Source.
During this time rumors were abound that the atrocious and pitiful director Uwe Boll (Alone in the Dark, Postal) was somehow involved. At the announcement these rumors were quashed, German director Uwe Boll will not have anything to do with the project — “it’s impossible we’d ever do a movie with him”.