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Konami Refutes Rumors That Hideo Kojima Was Fired From Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

9 April 2015 10:09 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The intriguing Hideo Kojima drama continues unabated today after a Metal Gear Solid voice actress took to Twitter to reveal that the esteemed developer was allegedly fired from Konami, and that the upper echelons of the company had “fired a genius.” A genius though he may be, Donna Burke’s claims weren’t supported with any tangible evidence, and the Japanese publisher has since reached out to VideoGamer to deny Burke’s allegations, stating that any conjecture that Kojima is leaving on bad terms is “categorically incorrect.”

Burke, who has worked under Hideo Kojima for last year’s Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, caused quite the kerfuffle after posting the following message on her personal Twitter account.

Yes don’t throw away the Kojima teams work over the last 5 years because upper management fired a genius

Donna Burke (@db_singer_actor) April 9, 2015

As this saga has unfolded, it’s »

- Michael Briers

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‘MGS4: Guns of the Patriots’ gives Solid Snake a legendary send-off

7 April 2015 8:54 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Solid Snake Aka the deadliest pensioner in gaming.

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots takes the player to numerous countries across the globe in a story that calls upon decades of lore and features flashbacks to previous games in the series. It forms the final, emotional journey for one of the most beloved heroes in video gaming as an aged, weary Solid Snake is called out of retirement to assassinate his nemesis, Liquid Ocelot, and attempt to bring peace to a near future filled with ceaseless war. It’s a journey that begins with an old man looking to take care of one final loose end, and ends by changing both Snake’s, and the player’s, perspective on the whole series.

Given the open nature of Metal Gear Solid 4, and to a much greater extent, Ground Zeroes, it’s easy to forget that the series was once confined to corridors. »

- John Cal McCormick

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New Projects: Richard Jewell, ‘Apostle Paul’, Malala, and James Gunn

2 April 2015 9:06 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

This week brought us another update on the Richard Jewell thriller that would reportedly re-team Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill following their work together on The Wolf of Wall Street. Deadline is reporting that Clint Eastwood is now circling the project.

Jewell was a police officer who discovered a backpack with a bomb inside at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and helped to evacuate the area. Though he was originally hailed a hero, misreporting by the press ultimately labeled him a potential suspect. Hill would play Jewell, and DiCaprio would play the Southern lawyer who helped clear his name.

The film is based on an article called “The Ballad of Richard Jewell” that ran in Vanity Fair in 1997, and Billy Ray (Captain Phillips, The Hunger Games) wrote the screenplay for the currently untitled film. It was originally presumed that he might join up again with Paul Greengrass to direct, but Greengrass »

- Brian Welk

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Konami Removes Hideo Kojima’s Name From Silent Hills Website

1 April 2015 10:14 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Now that Hideo Kojima’s departure from Konami is all but confirmed, the Japanese publisher is gradually phasing out the legendary game director’s hold on the in-development IP. Firstly, we had rumors that Kojima had walked out on Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain due to a creative conflict, though both Konami and Kojima himself were quick to kick this conjecture to the kerb.

According to both parties, the developer remains “100% involved” in the development of The Phantom Pain as it gears up for its September release date. However, there’s another project that Kojima has been attached to since its elusive reveal at E3 last year: Silent Hills. Initially, the bold horror reboot – announced through the release of blood-curdling demo P.T. – was to be brought to life by Kojima and beloved filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, though this partnership has been called into question now that the »

- Michael Briers

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Kojima Productions' logo removed from Silent Hills website

1 April 2015 1:21 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The drama at Konami continues, as Kojima Productions' logo disappears from Silent Hills' official website...

As we've recently heard, there's been a certain amount of drama going on behind the scenes at Konami. Public knowledge of it began when Hideo Kojima, the director and creative force behind the Metal Gear series, had his name taken quietly removed from Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain.

As rumours began to swirl that Konami, Kojima and his team Kojima Productions had suffered some kind of falling out, the publisher released a series of statements which made a vague attempt to explain what's going on. Kojima's still involved with the completion of The Phantom Pain, they say, but after that, the Metal Gear series will continue with a new team working on it.

This seems to chime with reports that Kojima's leaving Konami, and that Kojima Productions will be dissolved after the release of The Phantom Pain. »

- ryanlambie

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The Metal Gear Solid Movie Just Took A Big Step Forward

31 March 2015 3:17 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

The long touted adaptation of Metal Gear Solid is a step closer to fruition, as Sony Pictures has signed up Jay Basu to write the screenplay for the film. This will be great news for gamers, because since Metal Gear Solid debuted back in 1998, the game and its subsequent sequels have been met with consistent critical acclaim and have sold over 30 million copies. Deadline has the scoop on this story, adding that Kings Of Summer helmer Jordan Vogt-Roberts is still on board to direct, and that Ari Arad as well as production president Michael De Luca are steering the ship as producers as well. Metal Gear Solid originally premiered on the PlayStation console over a decade and a half ago, after being devised and created by Hideo Kojima. The game.s protagonist is Solid Snake, a well-trained and deadly soldier who looks to negate the threat of a renegade special »

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‘Metal Gear Solid’ Movie Moves Forward With New Screenwriter

31 March 2015 9:30 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

A Metal Gear Solid movie has been in on-again, off-again development for most of the past decade. Currently it’s in “on” mode, with Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Kings of Summer) attached to direct for Sony Pictures, and now it’s even making some forward progress. Jay Basu has just been set to write the script, based on the Konami […]

The post ‘Metal Gear Solid’ Movie Moves Forward With New Screenwriter appeared first on /Film. »

- Angie Han

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Metal Gear Solid Movie Gets Monsters: Dark Continent Screenwriter

31 March 2015 5:47 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

I don’t know what’s going on with Deadline’s latest story about the Metal Gear Solid movie but there are a couple of odd glitches.

First of all, the URL also mentions Ruairi Robinson’s Leviathan and the X-Men despite them having nothing to do with the content at all. Secondly, it ends by telling us that Monsters: Dark Continent is currently in post production when, actually, it premiered at the London film festival something like five months ago.

Here’s hoping they managed to not screw up with the main thrust of the story, which is simple enough: Jay Basu will write the script for the Metal Gear Solid film.

Basu scripted Dark Continent, which is in Us cinemas in couple of weeks then UK cinemas in early May, which makes the timing of this new announcement pretty much spot-on.

I don’t think Basu will have »

- Brendon Connelly

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Metal Gear Solid movie finds a new writer

31 March 2015 4:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It’s been nearly a year since we last heard anything about the big screen adaptation of popular video game franchise Metal Gear Solid when it was reported that Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) had been attached to the project. Well, now we have some more news.

According to Deadline, in-demand British writer Jay Basu (Monsters: Dark Continent) has penned a deal with Sony Pictures to write a feature adaptation of Metal Gear Solid, which is set to be produced by Avi Arad (The Amazing Spider-Man). Basu has also been attached to Universal to work on their expanded monsters universe with classic characters such as Dracula, The Wolf Man and Frankenstein.

Metal Gear Solid started out life on the MSX2 and Nintendo Famicon in 1987, titled simply Metal Gear. The game was ported for a non-Japanese audience on the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1988 and it spawned an official sequel in Japan, »

- Luke Owen

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Metal Gear movie adaptation lands Monsters: Dark Continent writer

31 March 2015 2:50 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The upcoming Metal Gear Solid movie adaptation has landed a writer.

According to Deadline, British writer Jay Basu will pen the script for the Sony Pictures project.

It was revealed last year that the film will be directed by Jordan Vogt-Robert, with Avi Arad (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Fantastic Four) producing.

Vogt-Robert's previous credits include The Kings of Summer, while Basu's Monsters: Dark Continent is in post-production.

Plot, dates and casting details for the upcoming movie are yet to be announced.

It was recently revealed that Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima would leave Konami after finishing work on Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain.

Konami has already started recruiting for a new game in the series. »

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Metal Gear Solid Movie Finds A Writer

31 March 2015 2:03 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

With director Jordan Vogt-Roberts apparently still attached to direct, the job of nailing down an actual screenplay for Sony's video game adaptation Metal Gear Solid is of slightly more pressing concern. That gig has fallen to Jay Basu, the British writer fresh from Monsters: Dark Continent.Basu is quickly making a name for himself. His action adventure The Pier made the 'Brit List' (like the Black List, but British, do you see?) of buzzy as-yet unproduced screenplays, and he's already ensconsed with Universal developing the new proto-franchise around its roster of classic monsters.Metal Gear Solid, of course, has been around in several incarnations since 1987, but it's taken years of development for the film version to reach this stage. First announced in 2007, it was shoved back into limbo in 2010 when the producers and game creators Konami couldn’t agree on how to approach the property.With those issues now seemingly smoothed out, »

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Metal Gear Solid movie lands new writer

30 March 2015 10:54 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Jay Basu has been hired to pen the Metal Gear Solid movie, which is still pressing ahead...

The planned big screen take on the Metal Gear Solid videogames remains an active project, and we now learn that a new writer has been signed up to take a shot at the screenplay.

Jay Basu, who co-wrote the incoming Monsters: Dark Continent, is the writer concerned. He's been working with Universal on its classic monster cinematic universe too, and he now has to get the Metal Gear Solid screenplay in place, ready for director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings Of Summer, which if you haven't seen, we can't recommend highly enough).

The movie is being produced by Avi and Ari Arad, and we don't yet have an idea of when the film is scheduled before. Presumably all concerned would be quite keen to get cracking, though.

More on the Metal Gear Solid movie as we hear it. »

- simonbrew

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'Metal Gear Solid' Movie Brings in 'Monsters 2' Writer

30 March 2015 7:25 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

British screenwriter Jay Basu has signed on to write the screenplay for Sony Pictures' video game adaptation Metal Gear Solid. We reported back in June that filmmaker Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) has come aboard to direct, but that was the last we heard about the project. The studio's production president Michael De Luca is overseeing the adaptation.

The original video game, created by Hideo Kojima, launched in 1998 for the original Playstation console. The game follows a solider known as Solid Snake, who breaks into a nuclear weapons compound to stop a terrorist threat by a rogue special forces unit known as Foxhound. Solid Snake's mission is to rescue two hostages, the head of the Defense Advanced Research Projects (Darpa) and president of a major arms manufacturer, while stopping the terrorists from launching nuclear weapons. There have been 10 games that have spawned from the original Metal Gear Solid.

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Sony’s Metal Gear Solid Adaptation Finds A Writer

30 March 2015 3:27 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

In the three years since Sony began developing its Metal Gear Solid adaptation, its sole accomplishment was locking down The Kings Of Summer helmer Jordan Vogt-Roberts to direct last summer. Since then, word on the movie has gone suspiciously quiet as the project hovered off the radar. Was it simmering away in development limbo? If it was, that’s no longer the case, as Sony has appointed British scribe Jay Basu to tackle scripting duties on the video game adaptation.

Released in 1998, the original Metal Gear Solid game puts the player in the shoes of Solid Snake, a soldier tasked with infiltrating a nuclear weapons facility that’s under the command of terrorists. As well as preventing the terrorists from launching a full-blown nuclear attack, he must also rescue two hostages before completing his mission.

A premise perfect for the multiplexes, it’s still taken ten months since Vogt-Roberts’ appointment »

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Sony Taps Jay Basu To Write ‘Metal Gear Solid’

30 March 2015 1:24 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: In-demand Brit writer Jay Basu has closed a deal with Sony Pictures to write the feature adaptation of fanboy favorite video game Metal Gear Solid. The project is produced by Avi and Ari Arad and is being steered by production president Michael De Luca. Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings Of Summer) is attached to direct. Created by Hideo Kojima, the game was first launched on PlayStation in 1998 and follows the fortunes of Solid Snake, a soldier who infiltrates a… »

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Solid Snake lives: Jay Basu to write Metal Gear Solid for Sony

30 March 2015 12:46 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

The Metal Gear Solid film has been in the works for quite some time, with some doubting (or hoping) that it would ever happen. Those looking forward to the project can rejoice as one more major hurdle has just been overcome; Deadline reports that Jay Basu has closed a deal to pen the script for the video-game adaptation. The Kings Of Summer director Jordan Vogt-Roberts is still attached to helm the project with Avi and Ari Arad producing. Will the film actually get off the ground this time? »

- Kevin Fraser

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"Metal Gear Solid" Gets "Monsters" Scribe

30 March 2015 11:49 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

British scribe Jay Basu ("Monsters: Dark Continent") has reportedly closed a deal with Sony Pictures to write the feature adaptation of the video game series "Metal Gear Solid".

Created by Hideo Kojima, the game follows the fortunes of Solid Snake, a soldier who infiltrates a nuclear weapons facility to neutralize the terrorist threat from Foxhound, a renegade special forces unit.

Snake must liberate two hostages - one the president of a major arms manufacturer - confront the terrorists, and stop them from launching a nuclear strike.

Avi and Ari Arad will produce the project which Jordan Vogt-Roberts ("The Kings Of Summer") is attached to direct.

Source: Deadline »

- Garth Franklin

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The History of Kojima's Struggle With Konami

27 March 2015 11:35 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

While Kojima himself hasn’t stated too much, the idea that he is leaving Konami seems like it is all set in stone. With that send-off, it is important to look at why this is such a big deal and why fans are shocked by such an announcement. Hideo Kojima is one of my biggest inspirations as a writer of my own projects, and a big reason I continue to write, so him leaving is very impactful to me, but is it the end? For that answer I think we need to look at the very beginning….

Kojima is quite easily a super star of the video game world. He implements his own personality in his games, he has revived somewhat dead franchises, and other developers take inspiration from him. He also brought to life one of the most successful game franchises that have ever existed, Metal Gear. Yet all »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Dustin Spino)

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Metal Gear Solid 5: Konami releases new statement on Hideo Kojima's status

26 March 2015 9:58 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Following reports of a rift between Hideo Kojima and Konami, the publisher has released a statement...

As we've already heard, Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima is to leave Konami after nearly 30 years - making this summer's Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain his last involvement in the series.

Konami has since stated that the franchise is to continue without Kojima, with a new creative team to be assembled in the near future. Konami hasn't, understandably, commented on the rumours of a rift between itself, Kojima and his staff at Kojima Productions.

But in a new statement, Konami does talk about the seemingly drastic decision to have Kojima's name - once proudly emblazoned on Metal Gear sequels - from The Phantom Pain's marketing materials.

"In accordance with the recent change in production organization of all of Konami, Kojima Productions, as well as other internal production companies, has had its name, »

- ryanlambie

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10 Problems With The Metal Gear Series Nobody Wants To Admit

24 March 2015 3:52 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Konami

Do you think love can bloom even on a battlefield? Your country, or your old mentor? The mission, or your beliefs? Your duty to your unit, or your personal feelings? What do you hope to accomplish by living? Do you want to save the game? All these questions and more have been posed to gamers by the Metal Gear series over the years, and rarely have they been answered.

It’s a franchise that raises questions not quite rhetorically, but more to put ideas in the player’s mind for them to go away and think about when they tire of crouching under cardboard boxes and ODing on diazepam. The Metal Gear games’ propensity for asking the big (and not-so-big) questions is part of their charm, part of the reason they have such a fan following.

Then there’s the big, bombastic characters; the all-star cast; the constant defying of expectations; the jokes, »

- Tom Baker

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