Oscar Isaac has commented on the long-in-development Metal Gear Solid movie, saying that he still wants it to happen.
“We want it to happen,” Isaac told ComicBook.com. “Be excited. What’s the script? What’s the story? What’s the take? […] But hopeful that comes to fruition because there’s so much potential for that. It’s an incredible game. It’s my favorite.”
Last year, Deadline reported that the project, which has been in various stages of development for some years, was finally progressing with Isaac as the lead, director by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Kong: Skull Island).
The Metal Gear franchise was created by Hideo Kojima in the 1980s. The original Metal Gear debuted in Japan and Europe in 1987 for the MSX2 computer platform.
The series gained prominence when Metal Gear Solid, a continuation of the franchise, but in many ways seen as the first game in a new series, debuted on the PlayStation in 1998.
Kojima worked on the franchise until Metal Gear Solid 5 in 2015, which marked an ignominious end to his relationship with Konami, the publisher and IP holder of the franchise.
While this adaptation has stuttered, a wave of gaming properties being adapted for the large and small screen have emerged. Sony‘s Uncharted saw Spider-Man star Tom Holland lead an adaptation of the PlayStation adventure games, originally developed by Naughty Dog.
Another Naughty Dog property, The Last of Us, will soon debut its HBO series, starring Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian) and Bella Ramsay (Game of Thrones).
In 2020 Sony Interactive Entertainment created a new production studio specifically to adapt its original game properties for film and television.
Like the proposed film project, the Metal Gear Solid franchise has been dormant for some time. VGC reported last year that Konami was planning to revive it, along with other properties such as Silent Hill and Castlevania. While MGS and Castlevania have remained quiet, Konami did reveal several new Silent Hill games this week, pointing towards the publisher returning in a more prominent way to console gaming space.