David Hayter, the voice of Solid Snake in the Metal Gear game series and the writer of the X-Men script and the co-writer of X2, The Scorpion King and Watchmen, talked to MTV recently about the status of the Metal Gear Solid movie that he’d written the screenplay for.
“They’ve been trying to work out a deal between [creator Hideo Kojima] and [Sony],” he said. “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 claimed that he wasn’t exactly sure what stalled after he submitted the script. He’s only heard things second-hand, but nothing definite. “I don’t believe they were ever able to successfully close a deal between Mr. Kojima and Sony,” Hayter said. “This is all just stuff I’ve heard.”
Hayter is staying tight-lipped about the exact elements of his script just in case there comes a time when the Metal Gear Solid movie project gets revived. “I did come up with a pitch for the movie which I thought was pretty cool and I would still love to do,” Hayter said. “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. I really want to spring some things on people,” he continued. “Having been intimately involved with Metal Gear, I would like to give people a story that will grab the fans. The fans will know the context that we’re talking about once they see the trailers. They’ll say ‘Oh my god, they’re going there.’ But they won’t quite know how the story is going to unfold or what some of the big surprises are going to be. And that’s really the only way to keep a movie [adaptation] interesting.”