To celebrate the 31st anniversary of the Metal Gear Solid franchise, director Jordan Vogt-Roberts spent an entire month sharing concept art for his upcoming movie adaptation. Created by Hideo Kojima, Metal Gear blends science fiction, supernatural and horror elements into an alternate history plot that follows special forces operatives Big Boss and Solid Snake, and their many allies and enemies. The video games are notable for their hugely influential stealth gameplay, and in-depth storytelling (often told through lengthy cutscenes).
Vogt-Roberts demonstrated his penchant for strong visuals and vibrant color palettes in Kong: Skull Island, which was rich with nods to movies like Apocalypse Now and featured a particularly memorable sequence in which Tom Hiddleston's character charges through neon green smoke, battling flying monsters with a samurai sword. He's also a devoted, longtime fan of the Metal Gear game franchise, as made clear in his 31-day visual tribute, in which he discusses some of his favorite moments from three decades of storytelling.
Kojima himself his given Vogt-Roberts his stamp of approval, writing, "I’m convinced that no one but him can direct Metal Gear Solid." Video game movies don't have the best track record, but that hasn't stopped gamers from staying ever-optimistic for each upcoming project, and it looks like Vogt-Roberts has a strong vision for his movie. Check out all 35 pieces of Metal Gear Solid concept art below.
Many of these concept art pieces show Metal Gear - the powerful bipedal tanks from which the franchise takes its name - in environments ranging from paddy fields to the snowy Arctic. We also see plenty of familiar characters from the games, including Cyborg Ninja, Sniper Wolf, Revolver Ocelot and - of course - Big Boss and Solid Snake. Those last two characters are pretty much a given, but the collection also all but confirms that Cyborg Ninja, Sniper Wolf and The Boss will be included in the movie.
In addition to the images, Vogt-Roberts also shared some tidbits about his favorite moments from the games and what he wants to incorporate into the movies. "One aspect of Metal Gear that’s important for me to translate onscreen is the blending of horror imagery with stylized magical realism," he wrote in the caption for one piece. For the piece that shows Cyborg Ninja fighting a Gekko, the director wrote, "Cyborg Ninja & the Gekkos are two of the most iconic Hideo Kojima + Yoji Shinkawa designs. I wanted to see their potential in the same frame."
Needless to say, Metal Gear fans responded to the month-long lovefest for the franchise with great appreciation, and it's safe to say that we're all looking forward to seeing some of these stunning images realized in the movie.
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