Sadly, these two movies don’t seem to have simultaneously killed each other in a fight to the death, but regardless: both Hairspray 2 and the Metal Gear Solid movie are dead. At least for the moment. There’s always the possibility of a zombie attack. Details on both after the break — I know you’ll wade through David Hayter’s comments on MGS just to get to the AquaNet.
Actually, we’ll do Hairspray 2 first. Adam Shankman told the UK press that the rumored sequel is dead. “I’m going to kill that rumour now, that [project] got killed. It’s ok. I was so happy with the first one, let’s leave well enough alone. It’s all good.” All I’ve got to say is: hooray. [via Collider]
And what of Metal Gear Solid? David Hayter, the screenwriter who has also voiced Solid Snake, the hero of the video game series, since it first appeared in its current incarnation on the PlayStation, told MTV,
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…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…
Reportedly, Konami, Sony and series creator Hideo Kojima were trying to work out a deal, and things got to the point where Hayter actually wrote and submitted a script. But Hideo Kojima is notoriously controlling when it comes to this game series. Would he leave well enough alone when it came time to make a movie? Unlikely.
Besides, why make a movie? The games are heavily movie-influenced to begin with (notable film creators like Ryuhei Kitamura and Kyle Cooper have worked on the series) and they have a much more dense narrative than a movie would be able to present. A film would just turn the whole enterprise into a variant ourobouros — a film digesting a game that digested films. Leave well enough alone.