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For those of you who feel like you've been waiting an eternity for the Metal Gear Solid movie, we've got some good news.
In a series of recent tweets, director Jordan Vogt-Roberts revealed that a draft script has been finalised and handed in - meaning we're that much closer to seeing Hideo Kojima's stealth action game played out on the big screen.
BONUS IF YOU MADE IT TO THE END: I'm sorry can't update you on the MGS film more regularly... but:
-We just turned in a new draft. It's full Kojima-quirk and full Military surrealism. I won't say more
-I'm hoping to meet a specific actor very soon :)
-Let's make this movie! pic.twitter.com/0Qj5XGTbkQ
- Jordan Vogt-Roberts (@VogtRoberts) December 3, 2019
Following a number of tweets in which the filmmaker drew parallels of the game to the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe flick, Black Widow, he went on to write:
"BONUS IF YOU MADE IT TO THE END: I'm sorry can't update you on the MGS film more regularly... but:
"-We just turned in a new draft. It's full Kojima-quirk and full Military surrealism. I won't say more
"-I'm hoping to meet a specific actor very soon :)
"-Let's make this movie!"
Very exciting news and also unsurprisingly cryptic. Particularly about this 'specific actor'. Who could it be?
Earlier this year, Ex Machina and Star Wars actor Oscar Isaac expressed enthusiasm in landing a part in the upcoming adaptation.
In an IGN roundtable discussion, Isaac said: "Metal Gear Solid, that's the one. I'm throwing my hat in for that one."
Vogt-Roberts even replied to his comments online, writing: "To everyone asking how I feel about Oscar Isaac saying he wants to be Solid Snake.
"The full process required to cast an icon hasn't even started, but...," adding, "The ball's in Oscar's court."
Could this be the actor in question? Time will tell (although hopefully not too much time).
As for the storyline, the filmmaker explained back in 2018 that he wanted to 'try and translate what fans want and expect and truly take the unwieldy, amazing decade-spanning timeline and have a way to make a part of that make sense as a film."
He then went on to say: "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."
In other words, the film will work in the frameworks set by the video game franchise, and live within the weird, uncomfortable world Kojima created, but within the realms of a new story.
Whether this has changed since then is yet to be seen, but at least we now know the wheels are turning with the project and a script is done. Keep your eyes peeled for any updates on casting and/or production in the months to come.
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