If you were wondering what ever happened to that planned movie adaptation of Sony's wildly popular Metal Gear Solid videogame franchise, the news doesn't appear promising. MTV Movies caught up with screenwriter and voice of Solid Snake (the game's main character, for those not familiar) David Hayter, who offered some cryptic observations about the future of a feature film project based on the game.

Hayter, who wrote the screenplay for X-Men, says that Sony, series creator Hideo Kojima, and publisher Konami have been trying to work out an agreement for several years (in fact, a quick look back through the archives bears this out). At one point, a producer approached Hayter and asked him if he'd be interested in writing the adaptation. Hayter said, "'Of course. I know it pretty well. I think I can say without contradiction that I know it better than any screenwriter on the planet. I've said every word that Snake has said. So I felt well-qualified."

With the script written and sent to through the proper channels, Hayter waited as the wheels began to turn -- and then suddenly, everything stopped. The writer still isn't exactly sure what happened -- what he's heard has been through the grapevine -- but at least part of the stalling is attributable to Konami. He also believes that Kojima and Sony never reached a deal either. The writer is quick to add, "This is all just stuff I've heard."