Fans of Metal Gear Solid who have wanted to see Snake infiltrating the FOXHOUND facility and blasting rogues on the big screen can finally get that much closer to the much-anticipated movie version of Hideo Kojima’s iconic video game.
Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, who was attached to direct in 2015, has since commissioned “next-gen” artists like Ben Mauro, Dennis Chan, and Nick Foreman to illustrate their visions of the (possibly) upcoming film. The Metal Gear franchise’s 31st anniversary gave Vogt-Roberts the best excuse ever to post an image a day on his Instagram.
Yes, we really have been after that mech for 31 years.
Vogt-Roberts has commented on each of these images, from the “military surrealism” of Dennis Chan’s supernatural take on Snake confronting a massive flying serpent to the “Rocky face-off” between Snake and Ninja, illuminated by red laser beams and eerie blue light. Realizing Kojima’s vision has resulted in some incredibly lifelike mechas, weapons, and dystopian landscapes that make you feel as if you’re looking at screencaps from an actual film. Almost.
The director has teased “some surprises along the way” on Twitter. What exactly that means, nobody knows. Anyone who already saw this probably wants to believe that means intel on the movie. He has hinted at development on his insta posts, hinting that he wants the film to capture the impact of Metal Gear scenes as they played out in his imagination and that “the relationship between tech and human nature is important to this film.”
Though anything beyond his insta posts is highly unlikely, you might get lost in the artwork long enough to hear something when you’re finally able to pull yourself away.
Metal Gear was first released in 1987 for MSX2 in Japan and Europe and NES in North America. There have since been 17 sequels, from Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake to the newest fight to stay alive, Metal Gear Survive, released earlier this year.
These images may or may not reflect the aesthetics of the final movie (again, if it ever happens), but they are pretty mind-blowing.