When it comes to video game adaptations, we’ve not exactly been overrun with classics of the silver screen over the past few decades. While efforts such as Silent Hill and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider may have been largely well-received, there’s plenty of turd-tastic adapts such as Super Mario Bros., Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, Doom, Hitman, Max Payne, Prince of Persia and then the diminishing returns of the Resident Evil franchise. One upcoming adaptation that has plenty of eyes on it right now is Metal Gear Solid, and the picture has moved to bring an impressive writer into its ranks.
As per Variety, Derek Connolly has been hired to write the latest Metal Gear Solid draft for Sony Pictures. Connolly is best known for his writing work on Jurassic World and Kong: Skull Island, not to mention he’s penned the screenplay for next year’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and is one of the writers involved in 2019’s Star Wars: Episode IX.
The Metal Gear franchise began life in 1987, although it was 1998’s Metal Gear Solid that saw the property become a truly huge and iconic part of the gaming community. To date, there have been – if our calculations are correct – a total of twenty-one different Metal Gear games across various platforms. Audio tales and graphic novels have similarly followed, and a live-action movie has been loosely in development as far back as 2006.
For those unfamiliar with the Metal Gear series, the general focus of the franchise is on the totally badass Solid Snake, a retired soldier who ends up having to tackle a whole host of nefarious threats – such as terrorists, corrupt organisations, and a whole bunch of other no-good sorts.
The addition of Derek Connolly to the film will see the scribe reunited with Kong: Skull Island’s Jordan Vogt-Roberts, with Vogt-Roberts having been attached to direct Metal Gear Solid since 2014.
As ever, expect more on this as it continues to develop.