Sony Pictures Entertainment has hired the talents of British writer Jay Basu to pen the screenplay of the “Metal Gear Solid” movie.
Basu, a rising talent in the industry made his name by co-writing 2014’s “Monsters: Dark Continent.” Universal Studios has also acquired the writer to work on one of their classic monster films. According to a report on Deadline , the upcoming big screen adaptation will be led by “The Kings of Summer” director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, and will be produced by Avi and Ari Arad of Sony’s “Spider-Man” series.
Series creator Hideo Kojima, at one point, planned on releasing the stealth action game’s big screen adaptation, eyeing “X-Men: Apocalypse” star Hugh Jackman to play the lead.
It was later on decided that a newcomer will play the role.
It is unertain if Kojima will participate in the film since he’s been rumored to have left the series due to a power struggle with Konami, the title’s developer.
Konami, however, claimed that Kojima is still involved with the series, noting that the removal of his name in the upcoming game “Phantom Pain” is part of their rebranding.
Released in 1998, the videogame “Metal Gear Solid” followed the story of main character Solid Snake, a retired soldier who is brought back to the field to stop a potential nuclear attack from special forces unit Foxhound, a renegade terrorist group.
Other videogame based features are in the works.
Ubisoft’s “Assassin’s Creed” is currently in production with Twentieth Century Fox.
Additionally, Splinter Cell,” “Watch Dogs,” “Warcraft” and “The Last of Us” are also in development.
The first “Metal Gear” game launched in July 1987 and has since sold 31 million games over the span of 25 years.
Snake’s latest video game outing is “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain,” a sequel to last year’s “Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes.” It is due out on Sept.
1 for consoles, while the PC edition follows two weeks later.