2017 has been one of the worst years in box office history for the major studios in the film industry. Flop after flop have followed and studios are justifiably getting antsy. Still, there has been some success to herald and it came mostly from the hyper-enjoyable (and ultra violent) ‘Kong: Skull Island’. The reason for ‘Skull Island’s’ success was simple: director Jordan Vogt-Roberts put together a fun cast and focused on what mattered: giant action set pieces and Kong himself. Vogt-Robets’ success with ‘Skull Island’ has put him on an upward trajectory in an industry that seems to be struggling and now his focus seems to be on another huge franchise: ‘Metal Gear Solid’.
Vogt-Roberts is a visionary director in the making and he has some strong opinions in regards to what he wants out of the ‘Metal Gear Solid’ adaptation. Vogt-Robets claimed simply, “We’re trying to write the craziest, punk rock, Kojima, rock and roll” type of film. Vogt-Roberts strong visionary style would mesh well with the iconic video game series and this is particularly due to the fact that video game adaptations have been struggling to find grounding in the box office. We need only look back to adaptations like ‘Assassin’s Creed’ and ‘Resident Evil’ to see why flashy game based movies without substance struggle to find footing.
Still, Roberts knows he has a ton of work to handle. Roberts claims that he wants to make the “most accurate and faithful story possible”. Roberts has already shooed away any concerns over the potential rating for the film and instead he’ll focus on creating something that is entertaining and invigorating for the loyal fanbase that has followed the franchise for so many years. Should fans start to get excited? According to Jordan Vogt-Roberts himself that should be the case.
Roberts recently tweeted out a cryptic message that hinted at his future: “Next week you’ll see the first thing I’ve directed since Kong. I’m excited. It involves my favorite things: video games, Detroit & sci fi”. The tweet doesn’t name anything definitive but it showcases that Roberts is looking forward rather than resting idly on the success of ‘Kong’. There are hints that he is engaged in other video game directing affairs, such as “Detroit: Become Human”, which is set to release through Sony for the PS4 at some point in 2018. for now we’ll just have to wait and see.