David Hayter Talks Why 'Metal Gear Solid' Adaptation Got Dropped
Reported by Outsiders - 09:08 PM 2010.06.04
MTV recently spoke with writer David Hayter about his adaptation of Metal Gear Solid and why the movie has gone cold?
They’ve been trying to work out a deal between [creator Hideo Kojima] and [Sony]. A couple of years ago, a producer friend of mine asked me if I would be interested in doing the adaptation. And I said ‘Of course. I know it pretty well.’ I think I can say without contradiction that I know it better than any screenwriter on the planet. I’ve said every word that Snake has said. So I felt well-qualified.
Hayter wrote the script for the film, turned it in and all of a sudden.... nothing happened. There are no real details about why the film adaptation fell through. It's reported that it could be due to political reasons on Konami's (the game publisher) side.
I did come up with a pitch for the movie which I thought was pretty cool and I would still love to do. But there are far larger issues in terms of who’s going to get the rights to do it and what sort of involvement Mr. Kojima is going to have. All that needs to be worked out before I would ever come up.