Sony is looking to turn the hit video game 'Metal Gear Solid' into a film franchise, and are now in early talks with 'Kings of Summer' director Jordan Vogt-Roberts to be the man behind the camera. It would join the upcoming renaissance of video game movies that include the Michael Fassbender-starring 'Assassin's Creed' and the Tom Hardy-led 'Splinter Cell.'

This news comes from Deadline, who note that the project has long been gestating, but it took until now to crack the narrative. Vogt-Roberts is the latest in a recent trend of hiring directors fresh off a notable indie film -- that may not have even been all that successful -- to direct a large budget franchise film, a group that includes filmmakers like Marc Webb (and his 'Amazing Spider-Man' franchise) and Colin Trevorrow ('Jurassic World'). Vogt-Roberts cut his teeth on episodic television (like the 'Funny or Die' TV series), while more recently he directed the filmed version of the one man show 'Nick Offerman: American Ham.'

The game, which has been around since 1987, follows around spy/mercenary/special ops expert Solid Snake -- who usually works alone -- and who does all things you'd expect of a badass lead character in a action-centric video game. Which, as is the case with many video game-based movies, means there's a certain freedom to the material. With a director about to aboard it seems likely the film would be targeting a summer 2017 release.

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