Metal Gear Solid Movie is No More
A possible Metal Gear Solid movie adaptation has been talked about for a long time, but the would-be producer of the film has recently said, on the record, that it's a no-go. Fans of the game everywhere either will be bummed out or, more likely than not, happily continue to play the game.
Mike De Luca, the producer who had this adaptation in development at Sony, has spoken extensively about why the movie isn't going to happen. Aside from the fact that movie adaptations of video games have an abominable track record, there were other things that factored into Metal Gear Solid: The Movie getting nixed. According to 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. ...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.
Is this a sign that Hollywood has finally realized that movies based on video games generally aren't a great idea? Or is this simply the case of a video game being so wildly successful that it really doesn't need any additional marketing via film? It seems like we're living in an age where movies are not going to be the predominant form of entertainment for much longer. It used to be you'd wonder if a video game of a film was going to help the movie franchise; now it's the other way around -- and the answer is often that the movie of a video game does nothing for the property it was based on.
This isn't to say that we've seen the end of video games getting adapted to the screen. Rather, Avatar could become the norm, where elements used to make a movie are also used to make a video game.
It's an exciting time we're living in, and it will be interesting to see whether movies or video games hold onto the mantle of Entertainment King of the Mountain.