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Metal Gear Solid Movie Stalls Due To "Lack Of Coordinated Will"

Well, perhaps it's just as well. Nobody really wants a black mark on the highly esteemed Metal Gear Solid franchise, now do they?

Even so, it's a wee bit disappointing. According to Collider.com, producer Mike De Luca says the "Metal Gear Solid" movie probably won't happen, despite his claim that everything was moving right along a few years ago. Due to a lack of a "coordinated will" and the fact that the video game companies and film companies seem to have conflicting "agendas," this ambitious project appears to be on indefinite hold. Said De Luca:

"I don’t think it’s going to move forward because I got the sense that there may not be enough of a coordinated will at this point on the side of certain parties to see a movie get made. And I get it because the problem with a lot of these adaptations is it’s such a huge franchise for the video game company. A movie can only hurt. If the movie’s great, you’re probably not going to sell more games. It’s such a separate thing. The franchise being as big as it kind of helps the movie...I’m not sure the movie does the same thing for the game."

Now, the article does make the point that if films based on games start to perform better in the box office and don't entirely piss off fans of the video game in question, perhaps this project will get back on its feet. But for some reason, we're getting the feeling that Hideo Kojima may not have liked the direction in which the movie was headed, and that may have created the first significant bump in the road. Added De Luca:

"The video game companies are very protective of their property and there are certain things a studio requires freedom-wise to market and distribute a movie effectively in a global marketplace and sometimes getting those two things to match up is really hard. And in the case of Metal Gear Solid, the agendas just...not because the parties weren’t amicable, it was just kind of impossible to get the agendas to match up."

There's some definite beating-around-the-bush and vagueness going on in these comments, as if De Luca doesn't want to come right out and explain the problem. But that's okay; it tells us not to expect an MGS movie. At least, not for the time being.

1/11/2010 10:31:02 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (56 posts)

englishgolfer
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 10:59:00 AM
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tis' a sad day to hear this. but if they're not going 110% with this film then it's better to leave it on the shelf for the time being.

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Godslim
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 11:12:06 AM

very sad day i remember when this was first in the talks :(

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WolfCrimson
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 10:59:58 AM
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I know what happened. The guy playing Snake got over-excited at the idea that he's playing THE Solid Snake, so he tried eating some procured-on-site food (wildlife) to show off but got poisoned.

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WolfCrimson
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 11:08:38 AM

Actually I'm just BSing, but it'd be nice to know the real reason.

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Jawknee
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 11:07:27 AM
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Maybe this Is a good thing.

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johnld
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 4:47:39 PM

yeah, i know what you mean. But if this does happen, i would be really pissed if they manage to screw it up. I mean the series is already story heavy so they should have everything they need for it. I can see them screwing up a street fighter movie, and they did twice, because theres not much story so they just made what they wanted. But sadly, it wont stop hollywood from screwing up our franchises/series. I smell a plot by hollywood to alway put videogaming down,lol.

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Karosso
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 11:20:27 AM
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Snaaaake!! Snaaaake!! hahahaha sorry couldn't resist.

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D1g1tal5torm
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 11:31:59 AM
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tbh, and I'm probably going to offend a few people here, but the storyline for mgs is a bit rubbish. yes, the gameplay was good - but the story?

Putting that into a film - a recipe for disaster.

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WolfCrimson
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 11:33:19 AM

Are you kidding? The story was amazing.

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D1g1tal5torm
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 11:47:44 AM

I knew it.

The story was rubbish it was massively convoluted and over-contrived.

This sort of story just wouldnt transfer to a film, you can thumb down and vociferate ad infinitum, but it looks like the head honchos side with me.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 12:26:09 PM

D1g1tal, I don't think you can just assert that that happens to be the reason things aren't going forward. Everyone has an opinion, but if you want to see convoluted watch Lost.

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D1g1tal5torm
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 2:50:04 PM

The whole storyline would have to be dumbed down to get it into a 1hr 30, 2 hr format.

I suspect this would only lead to a loss in credibilty for the gamers market, which would be it's target demographic.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 3:02:30 PM

You make a good point, but if they went with 3 hours that wouldn't be so bad. As long as there was a balance of story and action, stealth and suspense, instead of all out action and corny jokes like Transformers 2.

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D1g1tal5torm
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 3:32:08 PM

3 hrs is still bum-numbing at the cinema...

you'll be telling us they're gonna start 90 min cut-scenes in video games next.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 3:53:15 PM

Each Lord of the Rings flew by for me.

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Akuma07
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 5:25:39 PM

Your the first person i've ever seen in my entire life to say the STORY of MGS is rubbish.

You must be someone who hasn't played MGS1 or 2......

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JJJames
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 @ 2:59:37 AM

Perhaps you should actually watch the cut screens rather than skip them...

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Vivi_Gamer
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 11:35:04 AM
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I'm glad in all honesty, MGS just cant be replicated (proved by the GC remake). You'll never get a voice like MGS1's Liquid Snakes again.

Last edited by Vivi_Gamer on 1/11/2010 11:35:27 AM

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SvenMD
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 11:37:48 AM
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This is probably a good thing. You never know though. Avatar took what? 10-15 years from idea to screen? Sometimes waiting can be a good thing.

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therabbitkinge
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 11:46:09 AM
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Im willing to sign this off as good news. Personally I think that unless it was a CG movie and Hideo himself were presiding over it that then and only then would this be good... other then that I wasn't expecting much so im no disappointed. ^_^

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DaNgerSteVe
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 12:09:53 PM
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thank god thank god this movie wont ruined the metal gear franchise from EVIL HOLLYWOOD

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tridon
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 12:17:38 PM
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If it was going to end up crappy, I'm glad the "video game companies" stepped in (i.e. Hideo Kojima). This entire game series is a masterpiece, and it doesn't need to be tainted with a half-ass Hollywood flick. My 'dream team' for a MGS film: John Woo as director, David Hayter as writer, Hideo Kojima as producer, and Hugh Jackman or Dylan McDermott as Snake. Oh, and for good measures, Kevin Durand as Vulcan Raven. He's from my home-town, and he's a kick-ass actor.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 12:29:25 PM
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This is a massive win, I'd be willing to bet it is when a dev or publisher signs the rights over to a movie studio for the whole project is one way you get crap, the other is when the two just have a different idea of what they want and you wind up with a mix of two themes that don't fit.

Basically Hollywood wants to take something intricate and involved and turn it into a simple love story or human interest story with a couple explosions in the background. And I'm pretty tired of that crap.

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D1g1tal5torm
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 2:50:49 PM

exactomondo.

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D1g1tal5torm
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 3:33:37 PM

Someones a bit thumb happy round here...

a thumbs down for an agree wiht a thumbs up?

Twisted logic or a stalker.

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Banky A
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 3:47:18 PM

It's easy as 123

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D1g1tal5torm
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 3:47:48 PM

Feel the love.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 3:53:59 PM

D1g1tal you are just collateral damage, there are many WorldHaters that stalk me around.

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D1g1tal5torm
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 @ 4:22:51 AM

eh?

above your station or what.

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D1g1tal5torm
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 @ 4:23:51 AM

Is that you in that picture?

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FullmetalX10
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 12:38:12 PM
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It would've been too complicated and time consuming I guess, plus the fact that the movie people don't get much love from the game side makes it better to just hang this one in oblivion.
Am looking forward to that Prince of Persia film though, nice effects n stuff.

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sunspider13
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 12:45:28 PM
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Some games could be easily made into movies, and be good movies with the right script, director, actors, etc. However I'm kinda of glad that the movie has stalled. Don't get me wrong, a MGS movie would be nice, however wasn't playing the games like watching a movie series?

I shudder to think what the script treatment reads like.

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BikerSaint
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 12:58:50 PM
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It's a really good thing that Kojima kept his hands in this project.

I just wish his production company could take over 100% on the making of this whole film.

Then(like Elaines likes to say).....
"it would be sponge-worthy"

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Deleted User
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 1:00:04 PM
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I do recommend all, if not already known to it.... Metal Gear Solid: Philantropy

This is strickly for fans only. Clearly a shocking but memorable FAN FILM!! GO SEE IT!!

www.mgs-philanthropy.net/

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Swavey
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 11:23:41 PM

just watched it and i was surprisingly impressed! can't wait to see the next one.

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tlpn99
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 1:03:44 PM
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Noooooooooooo Snaaaaaakkkkkkeeeeee. I am a bit disappointed but maybe it is for the best and is best left alone for what it was. We have 4 great games to remember them by MGS 1-4 (PS1, PS2 and PS3) Lets hope MGS5 or whatever it is going to be called is just as good.

Also imagine if a certain part was missed out the fans would notice right away.

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Superman915
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 1:09:14 PM
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well they can always make a good animated project like Marvel and DC does with their franchises.

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evilla_30
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 1:21:56 PM
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I'm a huge MGS fan. Even bought a PSP just to own and play Portable Ops. A CG movie that follows the games' storyline would be a perfect compliment. Does it have to be a big budget blockbuster? Because a blu ray disc set (6 movies separated star wars style) made for MGS fans is what they should aim for. There's no need for fluff.

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bigrailer19
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 1:33:15 PM
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Yes! Well can you blame me for being excited? I didnt want this movie to fail and now I don't have to worry about it! Although I admit I was looking forward to it!

*Crosses fingers for Uncharted movie*

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gumbi
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 1:34:12 PM
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I'm a bit ashamed to say I've yet to enter the world of MGS (sigh, it's on my list... my HUGE list). I have to say though; a series as beloved to the fans as MGS is just better off without a movie. Not a live action one anyway. Maybe a good anime, or CG movie like evilla suggested, but not a big Hollywood production.

Hollywood needs a few good VG movies under it's belt before we should entrust a series like MGS to it. And I mean certifiably GOOD movies, not just movies that are okay or don't suck too bad.

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Deleted User
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 1:51:03 PM
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see the movie Metal Gear Solid: Philantropy

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The_R0gue_Ninja
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 2:43:47 PM

I'm downloading it now. Can't wait to watch it! :)

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SvenMD
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 2:48:14 PM

That was cool - thanks for the heads up.

That guy does a good job to try to sound like David Hayter. They also have funny little antics that sounds like something Kojima would do. Nice effects too.

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Deleted User
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 1:51:43 PM
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it's a fan film. one of the best EVER!!

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lMephisto
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 2:54:44 PM
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Great news. Don't make a movie you will regret later

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Deleted User
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 3:04:42 PM
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By the time was approved.. lol

Glad some enjoyed it. Even for Ben and Art to check out the tremendous Metal Gear Solid: Philantropy. Come on.. it even has a Wikipedia page :]

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BlackBriar
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 5:23:03 PM
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Give it time, and hopefully it can be a Kick ass Movie.

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BlackBriar
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 5:31:15 PM

I want a good Script and good Acting..Thats alot to ask in Hollywood Today!

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Milonakis
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 6:50:30 PM
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I hope they get Will Ferrell as Snake, Steve Carell as Raiden, and Queen Latifah as Meryl. I can't decide between Seth Rogen and Andy Sandberg for Big Boss.

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chicko1983
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 7:49:13 PM
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good news IMO. As the guy said, a movie can only hurt this franchise.

Play the games, they are 10x better than movies anyway.

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CrazyIrishBoy
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 8:21:07 PM
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If they did make a movie would that mean that we would watch the cutscenes all over again and more but massivelly dumbed downed because otherwise we would end up with a several hour long movie?

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BigBoss4ever
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 11:13:30 PM
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this is a very very good news for MGS, actually MGS lives longer without a movie, this is a legendary saga that cannot be duplicated or re-write using live people, it there is a movie, then the saga of the snake is tarnished instantly. just like FF movie, so bad move.

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MRSUCCESS
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 11:19:20 PM
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I'll agree with BigBoss4ever (we agree on most things). MGS doesn't need a movie and I don't want no half ass actor failing and trying to be as great as Solid Snake or any other Snake for that matter lol.

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Deleted User
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 11:36:33 PM
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@MRSUCCESS A random dude, like me and you, spend five years raising movie to make, Kojima would be proud.. THE ONLY REAL "LIVE-ACTION" METAL GEAR SOLID!

Google "Metal Gear Solid: Philantropy"

You won't be disappointed

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___________
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 @ 12:03:31 AM
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BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
dam, i was really looking forward to a decent stealth movie.
i guess ill have to rely on sam fisher for that then :(
though i hope the darksiders movie does come through, that could turn out to be a really good movie.
its about bloody time someone made a game based on heaven and hell.
i remember reading frrene and the angles.
BEST! book i have ever read.
could not put it down once i started reading, just grabs you in and really lets your imagination run wild.
another book to movie adaption id love to see is the alex rider series, now that would be a fantastic movie.
i remember they were planing to do it but agent cody banks destroyed that idea.
you bastard, im coming for ya!

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main_event05
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 @ 11:54:10 PM
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The game industry should do what Marvel did and form their own studio. That way Hollywood can't say jack s**t, execpt good job. Then, the artist would have complete creative control. But then again thats just my take on things not knowing exactly how the movie making industry works.

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