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Kurt Wimmer Preparing METAL GEAR SOLID?

Looks like it may be happening.

By Jarrod Sarafin     March 13, 2008
Source: Edward Douglas at Coming Soon

Snake from METAL GEAR SOLID 3(2008).
© Sony
There have been rumors for sometime on a possible Metal Gear Solid movie but it looks like it's coming closer to reality, based on the latest from Edward Douglas at ComingSoon. Ed passed along news this morning that he was on hand at the red carpet premiere of Sony's 21, a Vegas crime thriller, where producer Michael De Luca once again hinted that a possible adaptation of the Konami-produced smash hit (Sony exclusive franchise) is coming on the horizon with scribe-director Kurt Wimmer (Equilibrium) in charge of the story.


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AlpineWoods 3/13/2008 11:24:20 AM
How many video game adaptations have come out that were successful? The Resident Evil series would count, but only because they made some money. The first movie only stuck halfway to the game, and it shouldn't have. I'm sure I'm all alone when I say I did like the Super Mario Bros. movie. Mortal Kombat, the first movie, had some good stuff in there, too. But then came Uwe Boll, with his Bloodrayne, House of the Dead, and Alone in the Dark movies. But on to Metal Gear Solid, probably one of the greatest video game series ever. It could be a really good movie, if they do it like the video game and not take liberties and change this and that. But if the movie comes out and isn't like the video games, we'll still have the games to fall back on.
rgtchtiger 3/13/2008 12:07:22 PM
I don't think a Metal Gear movie would fall under what we call the "traditional" video game adaptation into a movie. Most adaptations - Mortal Kombat, Resident Evil, Uwe Boll's movies, etc - are based off games with simple plots and no real character development. I think the MGS is a different beast all together because the games were almost movies in themselves. I think Kurt Wimmer is a great suggestion for writer-director since he can definitely direct action sequences. Good luck finding the right actor to play Solid Snake though. I would've probably suggested Kurt Russell but that idea is a good 10 years too late. And Jarrod, isn't that screen shot of Snake from MGS 4?
NotAFan 3/13/2008 12:33:20 PM
Ironically, this would one video-game adaptation where they would have to cut a bunch of dialogue and plot points instead of adding them in to fill it out. That game was wordy, Yo! Word to mother! Ice, Ice Baby! Ninja Ninja Rap!
ponyboy76 3/13/2008 1:01:08 PM
I like the idea of making this into a movie but I`m not sure about Wimmer as director. He`s 1 for 2 in my book. Equilibrium was an awesome flick, but Ultraviolet was a serious waste of celluloid. He does have a good eye for certain things so maybe he`ll come strong with a good story this time.
rgtchtiger 3/13/2008 1:14:08 PM
I wouldn't blame Ultraviolet on Wimmer, ponyboy. It's pretty well-documented that the film was taken from Wimmer and had a significant amount of footage including character and plot development removed. I doubt we'll ever see what Wimmer had originally wanted for Ultraviolet, but I doubt it's anything close to what was actually put in theaters. I do agree on Equilibrium though. Very cool flick.
laforcer69@yahoo.com_home 3/13/2008 2:28:38 PM
Well I think this lands in the same category as Hitman as far as game to movie translation...I thought that Hitman would have transfered well but I have not seen it yet, can anyone tell me if that turned out good? I know they are two totally different things going on there but the structure of the story and the more realistic elements of each seem like they could work well on the big screen, of course it all comes down to a good script like always and if you don't have that kind of starting point, then it's going to be shit anyways...
hanso 3/13/2008 2:44:34 PM
That is a screenshot from Metal Gear Solid 4. MGS would be sweet for the big screen, more so than Hitman. It has a better character, better story, better villains. It has action, drama, great story. Heck, the game is practically a playable movie. I would love to see this make it to the big screen. They gotta bring Solid Snake(obviously), Liquid Snake and Ocelot for the film. And set it in today's world, save the MSG: Snake Eater story line for later. If they are making this film, why the hell won't no one greenlight God of War!!!???!!! That'd be a kick ass movie, especially with the success 300 saw in the theaters, I don't know why Kratos isn't headed to a theater near you. Come on Sony, make the film.
Bryzarro 3/13/2008 2:56:09 PM
I'm with you Hanso. I think of the many game adaptations this is one that almost can't miss. I say almost because anyone can screw up a movie. But Metal Gear has the back story, the great supporting characters and the awsome plot. Add in the gun fire, fight scenes and huge explosions that would come at the end and I think if treated properly would deffinatly be treated to a trilogy. And I really hope they option God of War soon.
hanso 3/13/2008 3:09:33 PM
Byrzarro - God of War would be awesome man, like you I really hope someone gets it. I'm hopeful eventually it will get made since they are making every other video game movie made. Heck, they are making Street Fighter 2, I'm sure someone will have the common sense to give us a live action flick starring the baddest of all Spartans, Kratos. You are right by the way, MGS is almost a can't miss, cause most likely someone will screw the movie up. A trilogy for MGS woulld work, I'd remove MGS2, cause Rayden was the main guy there. They can start with MGS1, then MGS3 and end it with MGS4. MGS3 can be like the Godfather 2, showing the rise of the original Snake.
laforcer69@yahoo.com_home 3/13/2008 4:10:56 PM
Should the original "Snake" Plissken play snake? Kurt Russle anyone? I know he is a little old but did a killer job in Death Proof Plus if Harrison is pulling off Indy at his age I can't see why Russle can't do it with this role...I don't know...The first Metal Gear Solid was one of the few games I have played in the last 8 or so years and I do agree that it will adapt nicely to the screen...
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