Derek Connolly, the man behind the screenplay of Jurassic World, has landed himself a job as the scribe on Sony’s video game to film adaptation Metal Gear Solid.
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The film will follow 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, the head of DARPA and the president of a major arms manufacturer, confront the terrorists, and stop them from launching a nuclear strike. The film is adapted from the 1998 Playstation game which was directed, produced, and co-written by series creator Hideo Kojima.
Connelly will be reuniting with his Kong: Skull Island collaborator Jason Vogt-Roberts who will be directing the film.
The film has long been in the making, back in 2006 the game creator Kojima announced that he had secured a deal to adapt for the big screen but over the space of four years the production hit a couple of hurdles over artistic vision. The production went on to have a revival in 2012 as it was revealed that Avi Arad would be producing the film but it’s still taken a number of years to find a writer who could set the right tone needed.
Connelly’s career has sky-rocketed since Steven Spielberg discovered the scribe alongside Colin Trevorrow after their Sundance hit Safety Not Guaranteed. He has since gone to pen Kong: Skull Island as well as Jurassic World and it’s follow-up Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Amblin’s Sci-fi offering Intelligent Life with Rebecca Thomas at the helm.