Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts is busy promoting his new movie Kong: Skull Island, but took some time to reveal how work on the Metal Gear Solid movie adaptation is progressing.
"Metal Gear Solid is probably the most important franchise to me on the planet," he tells Collider. "It is such a genius, idiosyncratic work and being able to spend time with [Hideo] Kojima recently has been like a dream."
He's currently at work on the script and keen to make sure it can encapsulate the complex narrative that has won the game so many fans. He calls Metal Gear "a classic and it’s a seminal work not just in video games, but in media.” The challenge will be making sure film can please the hardcore Hideo Kojima fans and someone who wouldn't recognize Raiden if he slapped them in the face.
"Right now I’m just working with incredible producers and trying to make a version that you or a Metal Gear megafan would be proud of and where people would be comfortable with that version to say, ‘I know this is different, I know this is not exactly the way a normal movie might go, but this is very Metal Gear’ and that is what will make random Joe Schmoe in Nebraska who has no idea what Metal Gear is, that is what will make them fall in love with this franchise."
Before Kong: Skull Island Vogt-Roberts directed teen drama The Kings of Summer and episodes of TV series You're the Worst. Kong: Skull Island will be in theaters on March 10.