Uwe Boll Explains Metal Gear Solid Movie Claims, Blames Shifty French Dudes

By Chris Faylor, Apr 25, 2008 4:37pm PDT A long time ago, oft-criticized director Uwe Boll made a big fuss, claiming that he was set to direct the film adaptation of Hideo Kojima's Metal Gear Solid franchise.

Given Boll's track record of game-to-film flicks--which now includes Far Cry, BloodRayne, Alone in the Dark, Postal, In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale and House of the Dead--the internet was not exactly enthusiastic about the news.

Then property holder Konami came out and said it hadn't talked to Boll, at all. So what happened? Turns out, Boll got pranked.

"Two French guys wrote a script, said they are from Konami hired to write the script, said 'You wanna direct it?' I read the script, I liked the script. I said, 'Yes, I can do it,'" Boll explained to MTV News.

"I read on the internet Konami said they had nothing to do with me, they had nothing to do with the movie," he continued. "So it turned totally against me in the press. Like 'Boll tried to do Metal Gear Solid, but he didn't get the rights.' And this is how it is sometimes."

While the Shacknews staff is certainly sympathetic towards prank victims, please remember that this is the same man who advocates ignoring a game's fanbase when creating a game-to-film adaptation.

"To be honest, the real gamers are the typical download guys, right?" Boll reasoned earlier this week. "They don't pay anything for movies, because they illegally download the movies. So why [should I] please these guys? I need the normal audience."

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