Metal Gear Does Not Need A Movie Says David Hayter by Anthony Barlow
July 8, 2008, 10:21 pm
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David Hayter has, this week, been talking about Metal Gear becoming a movie. Here’s what he had to say:

“Does it need a movie? No. Do people want to collect the money that would be made from a movie? Sure. [laughs] I think that any time that a property is as valuable as this one, they’re going to do it. It’s not a question of if there is a need for a movie, it’s a question of how do they insure that the movie is good, and worth watching”.

He goes on to say how he’d make it a movie you’d want to watch.

“I think, because of the scenes — there’s so much movie in every Metal Gear game — it’s like, well, do we really need to see a bunch more talking about Metal Gear? As a movie adapter myself, I would never take those scenes verbatim and put them up on screen; it wouldn’t make any sense. I mean, a lot of times it doesn’t make any sense in the game. But you’re sort of speaking a language that all of these fans would understand.

In a movie, you’re going to want, for the lack of a better term, a more American style of dialogue. Tighter scenes. Themes that aren’t quite as ambiguous, that speak more to Americans. You’re really watching a Japanese perspective of American military power, where as it would be interesting to me to see the American perspective on what American military power has become. Now it’s kind of dubious right now, so it’s an interesting time to sort of explore that.

If you’re going to do it well, do it. If you’re going to put out some piece of crap, then no. Nobody needs that. Why waste your two hours when you can waste 18 watching Metal Gear 4. [laughter] No, not waste. Not when you can add quality to your life by playing Metal Gear Solid 4″. [smiles]

It looks like if the guys making the movie don’t pick Hayter and the movie is a piece of crap then fans (like me) will say that they should have let Hayter do the script. If they do pick Hayter it might look like Hayter is running the show and might not let the producer/director make the movie how they want it.

I still think they should cast Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn L.O.T.R.) as Snake.


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