Deadline reports Sony is hiring a new screenwriter to beef-up David Goyer‘s draft of the Metal Gear Solid script. They settled on newcomer Jay Basu who recently co-wrote Monsters: Dark Continent with director Tim Green, expanding upon the original film created by Godzilla and Rogue One director Gareth Edwards.
Basu was also added to the Universal Monsters brain-trust and was expected to help the studio develop their cinematic universe, there were no specific projects he was working on.
Kings of Summer director Jordan Vogt-Roberts has confirmed his attachment to Metal Gear, but is currently shooting Kong: Skull Island which stars Tom Hiddleston, Michael Keaton, and recent Oscar winner J.K. Simmons. Jordan has confirmed we’ll be seeing the Solid Snake aka Big Boss version of Snake as the lead of the film.
The original 1998 game follows the fortunes of Solid Snake, a soldier who infiltrates a nuclear weapons facility to neutralize the terrorist threat from Foxhound, a renegade special forces unit. Snake must liberate two hostages — one the president of a major arms manufacturer — confront the terrorists, and stop them from launching a nuclear strike.
I’ve already mentioned my preference to see actors such as Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, and Richard Armitage being considered for the role. The first two have been linked for ages and might be hard sell after retiring from their respected comic book franchises.
Seeing how much Scott Eastwood looks like the character and his volume high-profile roles via Fury, Flags of Our Fathers, Snowden, and now with Suicide Squad, I think he’d make an excellent Solid Snake candidate being that All-American actor which is surely lacking today in Hollywood action franchises.
This group of creatives seems to me to be top-notch and should make fans proud, let’s try to ignore that Avi Arad is producing the film.
Considering a majority of the good comic book properties have been gobbled-up other studios have been looking to video games and anime/manga for franchise potential.
Sony is leading the way with their sheer volume of video game adaptations, with Sony developing Metal Gear, Uncharted, The Last of Us, the Resident Evil franchise, and others.
20th Century Fox is building-up their own slate of video game films with Michael Fassbender leading an Assassin’s Creed movie set to shoot later this year and a Splinter Cell adaptation with Tom Hardy attached to star and Doug Liman possibly directing.
Universal and Legendary Pictures also has a giant live-action video game movie coming next year with Duncan Jones’ Warcraft movie, which could end-up being the next Middle-Earth franchise if handled properly.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is the latest release of the legendary video game franchise with the return of Solid Snake/Big Boss and is set to be released in September.