Konami and the movie studio couldn't get their agendas to match up.
Given the hours of cinematic cutscenes and storytelling in Hideo Kojima's Metal Gear Solid franchise, the transition to a Hollywood movie seemed like a match made in heaven.
There were early rumours that Batman star Christian Bale would take on the role of Snake, with Hollywood scribe and Snake voice actor David Hayter ready to pen the movie's script. Equilibrium director Kurt Wimmer was also reported to be on board.
However, things change at a rapid pace in Hollywood, as producer Mike De Luca, explained to Collider.com.
"I don’t think it’s going to move forward because I got the sense that there may not be enough of a coordinated will at this point on the side of certain parties to see a movie get made," said De Luca. "And I get it because the problem with a lot of these adaptations is it’s such a huge franchise for the video game company. A movie can only hurt. If the movie’s great, you’re probably not going to sell more games. It’s such a separate thing. The franchise being as big as it kind of helps the movie…I’m not sure the movie does the same thing for the game."
He added: "The video game companies are very protective of their property and there are certain things a studio requires freedom-wise to market and distribute a movie effectively in a global marketplace and sometimes getting those two things to match up is really hard. And in the case of Metal Gear Solid, the agendas just….not because the parties weren’t amicable, it was just kind of impossible to get the agendas to match up."