David Hayter, best known in gaming circles as the English voice-actor behind the gruff timbre of Metal Gear Solid protagonist Solid Snake, has spoken on the MTV Movie blog about his experience writing a movie script adaptation of the popular stealth-action game. An author in his own right (Hayter is credited as the screenwriter of the first two X-men films, among other works), he reckons he’s a pretty good fit to get into the mind of Snake and thrash out an absorbing story. 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.”
Unfortunately, the script never went anywhere, the writer quoting political and creative differences between Sony, Konami and the game’s director Hideo Kojima stymieing any chance of the popular title making the leap to the silver screen. He continues:
“I don’t believe they were ever able to successfully close a deal between Mr. Kojima and Sony. This is all just stuff I’ve heard. 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.”
It’s a shame, as Hayter reckons his script did justice to what is renowned to be a deep and complex story; a cautionary tale that spans years, involves a cast of hundreds and delivers a warning to the generation of today not to make the same mistakes of those who have come before us. Hayter reckons fans would have appreciated his take on the game’s admittedly elaborate yet gripping ethos.
“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.’
Source: MTV Movies blog