The Metal Gear Solid movie won’t follow any specific game and will break from a traditional three-act structure.
Speaking with IGN during our Comic-Con live show, Metal Gear Solid movie director Jordan Vogt-Roberts shared details on the plot of the now complete script.
“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,” Vogt-Roberts said that Kojima even encouraged him to branch out, literally telling him “Do what I would do, betray your audience.”
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While Vogt-Roberts said that’s “a very Kojima-San thing to say,” he explained his own goals for adaptation, saying “My goal really is to try and translate what the fans want and expect, and to really take the unwieldy, amazing, decades-spanning timeline and have a way to make part of that make sense as a film.”
“All I can say is I’m so proud and excited. I think the way that we adapted it is the most Kojima-San way to adapt this thing, and the script is one of the coolest things I’ve ever read. Particularly the way in which we’re dealing with time periods and the scope of it is one of the things that I look at in the script and say ‘I’ve never seen that before.’”
Vogt-Roberts continued by saying the approach they’ve taken breaks away from a traditional three-act movie structure, which he thinks people are now bored of. He said it also “taps into the Metal Gear lore in way that people just haven’t seen.”
As for casting, Roberts said “I have a billion different ideas in my head” but that they “just turned in the script,” so they haven’t begun the casting process at all yet. He also pointed out that even though the latest piece of concept art borrows Christian Bale’s likeness for Snake, that should in no way at all be taken as an indication of casting intent. He was just used as a base by the artist.
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