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

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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."

From The Chatty

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    April 25, 2008 4:40 PM

    Sometimes I feel sorry for this guy. He's obviously not out to fuck things up on purpose. He probably truly believes in his work. Yet he's become the target of internet nerd rage.

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      April 25, 2008 4:56 PM

      I bet Hitler believed in his "work" as well. If this guy tells us (gamers) to essentially go fuck ourselves, then we're going to tell him to go fuck himself right back. Simple as that.

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      April 25, 2008 5:34 PM

      I feel sorry for him on the level that I suspect he's slightly autistic, granting him an obsessive drive and a blunt confidence that comes off as charisma.

      He can't see how painfully, embarassingly awful and derivative his films are, and will blame anyone but himself for their failure, as long as he continues making them, and perhaps a little money.

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      April 25, 2008 5:42 PM

      Wow Uwe is easily one of the last celebrities I would ever feel sorry for. Despite being horribly shitty at what he does he is still full of himself. He set up a boxing match with his critics as a publicity stunt, and then beat the shit out of every one of them cause he's been boxing for a very long time and apparently way better at it than making movies. One of them was a 17 year old kid. Not to mention he's taken some really promising video game properties and single-handedly buried any future they might have as a movie franchise, using German tax laws that basiclly means he's being funded by the German government.

      The Germans have done some pretty horrible things but funding Uwe is pretty high up on the list. I'm not saying he's worse than the holocaust, I'm just saying that if I had a choice of being slowly starved to death in a concentration camp while being forced into manual labor and being gassed in the end or watching one of Uwe's movies... I'd really have to give the concentration camp some serious consideration.

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        April 25, 2008 6:00 PM

        Oh come on now.

        1. Postal and Dungeon Siege aren't considering really promising video game properties.
        2. Smart business people take advantage of their government tax laws. Did you know every, that is EVERY SINGLE ONE, video game in Canada gets tax breaks if they hire a quota of Canadian employees? That's a pretty lame tax break, but there you have it.

        And to make fun of the holocaust like that you can go f@#$ yourself.

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          April 25, 2008 6:04 PM

          How was I "making fun" of the holocaust?

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            April 25, 2008 6:17 PM

            He was replying to S1ing B1lade's ignorant comment, and I fully agree with Murdoc.

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          April 25, 2008 6:22 PM

          The great thing about the internet is that I don't have to pretend I care if I offended you.

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          April 25, 2008 6:31 PM

          Also I think you should have a stern talking to with these people as well:

          http://www.shacknews.com/search.x?terms=hitler&type=comments

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            April 25, 2008 7:08 PM

            I was talking to you about the blatent comparisons of what would be worse, the holocaust or a uwe boll film; not just mentioning hitler or making fun of hitler.

            There is a difference, if you don't see it, cool, your an ignorant f@#$tard, just another one for the pile.

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              April 25, 2008 8:09 PM

              Ohhh I get it now. You weren't directing your comment at me.

              I R SMART!

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          April 25, 2008 7:13 PM

          Stop looking for trouble =P

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          April 26, 2008 4:44 AM

          HOLOCAUST IS SERIOUS BUSINESS. oh yeah i guess it is

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      April 26, 2008 5:46 AM

      Actually, fucking it up is exactly what he's out to do. He's exploiting German tax law - he gets a tax writeoff if his movie fails.

      Whether he's a bad person or not, I don't know, but he definitely doesn't give a shit about making good films.