Let's face it - Metroid would make a brilliant movie. A strong female lead, sinister alien forces and entire universe to explore; the franchise is ripe for the Hollywood treatment. Perhaps one day it will happen, but for now we'll have to take this stunning fan-made short, which stars video gaming personality Jessica Chobot as the galaxy's most beloved bounty hunter.
Entitled Metroid: The Sky Calls, this short but sophisticated movie is the work of Rainfall Films, a three-man US production company founded by Sam Balcomb, who also handles directorial duties. If Rainfall sounds familiar, it's because the company was also responsible for IGN's Legend of Zelda trailer, which launched on April Fool's Day back in 2008.
Here's the official description:
The classic Nintendo franchise, Metroid, envisioned through the lens of 60s-70s science fiction cinema such as 2001, Alien, and Solaris: this was the concept for Rainfall's most recent production.
Instead of using a modern approach, a style was developed more in tune with the themes that inspired the first Metroid game in 1986: isolation, exploration, and the wonders of deep space.
Let us know what you think of this grand production by posting a comment below.
Psylocke in Space!!!
"...the franchise is ripe for the Hollywood treatment."
How about no? Unless you can find a director that would actually respect the IP. Which is nigh impossible.
Chobot is the perfect Samus! - said no one
Nice little video. I would go for Charlize Theron as Samus for the Hollywood treatment!!
I'm glad I was able to watch this before it's undoubtedly pulled down by Nintendo.
Nintendo won't pull this.
I liked it. All due respect to Chobot, but she's not Samus. Some nice shots and cool moments.
@johnodaz No. Too old.
Does a great job of laying the groundwork for the potential of a full movie. I would certainly pay to see a full-length movie. If I had a lot of money I would produce it
Wow.....amazing production value.
I'd watch that.
That was good. Didn't seem like 11 minutes which is good sign. We have all watched movies where it seems like minutes take hours.
Very nice video.
I still liked Jessica Martin from Other M's characterization of Samus and her voice. This actress was not that great.
This is sick!!!
Other than Samus having weirdly thin legs, this is really good for a fan film.
I forgot all about Ms. Chobot. This wasn't that bad!
I didn't really like the portrayal of Samus, but I've gotta give them credit for the CGI. The scenario was pretty cool, too. Like a mix of Alien and 2001.
Excellent work here. Morph ball sequence was well done. Only thing that bothered me was the Other M suit design.
This is actually the real opening to federation force, samus goes on vacation to visit parents and some other guys no one cares about have to fill in. Need so many as they are lame and like to play a wonky version of football instead focusing their skills.
Painful acting but the visuals were alright.
makes me long for a metroid prime 4 on wii u that will obviously never happen
I would give the entire lower half of my body for a Ridley Scott or George Miller directed Metroid film starring Charlize Theron!
Also, damn good video.
Pretty damn good! The actress was rather stiff (but still better than Other M Samus), and the reflection on the suit and ship were way too intense (kinda looked like porcelain) while the normally very shiny Zero Suit was just cloth, but the rest was very well-made - especially how this short movie highlighted Samus' curiosity and calmness as an explorer, and the overall atmosphere of both the ruins and the unexplored space she lands in.
Also, basically none of the ideas and designs were lifted from Other M, which means these people know what's quality!
Take notes, Nintendo! This is how you Metroid!
@johnodaz After Prometheus Charlize Theron will always be my Samus.
Chobot as Samus, mehhh. But wow seeing that got my nerd juices flowing. Whatever that means!
@manu0 jessica chobot worked for IGN for a few years i think.
@manu0 jessica chobot worked for IGN for a few years i think.
Hmm, it was missing the purposeful suit downgrade so she has to go get parts. The Space Pirates should've at least hit her once and knocked out all her subsystems before her ship picked her up.
Well made but Samus looks and sounds terrified and unsure whenever we see her face or hear here voice. Samus is an extremely competent and confident bounty hunter, not one to panic. Sorry Chobot, you're just not the one to play Samus.
Story wise it was ok, nothing that has be grasping for more and the dialogue wasn't anything special. Hats off to the fx team though, you guys done good!
I'll pass on a Metroid film, I love the games but it's fairly near the bottom of my list of games I want to see be cross media. Let's just have another game? One were we can all be Samus (including Chobot!).
@Gerbwmu: Exactly! When it was over, I was surprised that the ten minutes or so already had passed. That's always a good sign for quality.
@Kaze_Memaryu: Yeah I also think this video highlighted the right parts of the Metroid series, that's also a good sign!
@SLiM: Yeah I could totally see that as an introduction for an official Nintendo movie. Maybe they could cooperate with Disney or so?
@DiscoGentleman: I didn't find her appearance that bad, although definitely improvable. But everything else regarding the atmosphere was really great. Looked and felt like Metroid. But I disagree regarding Charlize Theron, I think that would be a terrible idea.
@Nego: I hope they won't pull it, I mean Nintendo is sometimes aggressive in protecting their IP, but I trust they also are able to recognize and acknowledge quality and determination. Instead Nintendo could also try to include the makers of that short movie if they should ever plan to make a full movie. They laid the cinematic groundwork.
@DarthNocturnal: I wouldn't be so sure. There are tons of directors out there, someone of them (maybe someone younger) has to have played Metroid at one point in their life. There definitely are people who are able to respect the IP, as long as it doesn't fall in the hands of Michael Bay or so.
@Ogbert Actually I think that's what this movie really nailed. Samus shouldn't be confident and experienced at the beginning of the movie, I'd rather like to see an origin story. Wasn't that also part of one of the Metroid games (I'm no expert)?
I could easily see Metroid made into a full movie. Even a Saga. It offers enough potential to expand on it without ruining the original IP. If done right, it could really add something to the whole existing Metroid series.
Of course there's always the possibility of failure but I think the original material from the games is already so strong that making a good movie (trilogy?) out of it is definitely possible.
Metroid 4 confirmed!!!
That was pretty cool! The grainy film effect was a nice touch.
Pretty damn impressive!
Eyebrows kinda took me out of it though
@shani A rookie Samus would be fine, no issues with that from me but that's not what the story set up. Plus a rookie Samus still wouldn't be so damn terrified looking all the time, she is a trained soldier turned bounty hunter granted powers by the Chozo (which she acknowledges in the video but then proceeds to act all helpless). She'd make mistakes and show concern when in peril of course, but Chobot acts like she's never been in the suit or on a dangerous mission before and then it cuts to her grappling a stray asteroid or morph balling down a chute like a pro. It's all over the place and felt like two different characters. Samus is not afraid (not outwardly) except when she confronts Ridley which brings back the traumas of her childhood (Ridley killed her parents). Rookie is fine, rookie would be fun to see, but terrified and panicked outside of Ridley's presence? That's not Samus that's someone else.
Ok with the right director maybe Metroid could be a great film. Who that would be I don't know but this didn't hit the mark for me. Poor casting and average writing pulled me out of it. I'd still prefer a game though.
That was darn cool, wasn't expecting much tbh!
@Ogbert: Thanks for clearing that up, so I'd say that's were Nintendo should come in to straighten the plot and make it a genuine Metroid movie (still in cooperation with some movie studio, I guess). I see this short movie more as a spark, an inspiration, maybe even just a message to Nintendo and the world: "Hello, how cool would it be if there was an actual Metroid movie?".
But because it still - despite the mistakes you mentioned - is recognizable as Metroid, I'd say those guys from the short movie did it roughly right and now it's time for Nintendo to do it exactly right!
I can totally understand your position about wanting a game instead. If they wanted to make it really big, if they really mean business, it would actually make sense to develop an accompanying game (of course it would have to be a full quality release, maybe on NX?).
@daniruy I've yet to see Prometheus but I can't say her other roles would lead me to think of Charlize Theron as Samus. Will have to check it out.
I think Emily Blunt would be a strong contender for the role too. Her character in Edge of Tomoorrow had all the traits of Samus and she looks the part and she's a damn good actor!
I am just worried that all of the sudden there will be a Metroid movie coming out but Michael Bay would be directing. The story and character design would completely insult all Metroid fans and Meagan Fox would be Samus.
@LUIGITORNADO @shani Considering how Nintendo has treated Metroid fan films and fan film projects in the past, I would not be surprised if this got pulled.
That added to the fact that the series co-creator Yoshio Sakamoto has stated that he would support a Metroid film only if it was directed by Ryuji Kitaura, the director for the cutscenes in Metroid: Other M, makes me iffy. Granted, that does not mean that it's going to get pulled nor that there won't be a Metroid film without Kitaura being involved but it also makes me wish that there never will be a Metroid film, not at least with Kitaura involved.
@shani Yeah I feel bad saying I didn't like it because so much work has clearly gone into it, which is why I wanted to congratulate the fx and art teams. I think they were on the money for the distinct Metroid look and feel.
Here's hoping whatever the NX turns out to be it has a new Metroid game on it! I think Federation Force will be ok (I have faith in Next Level) but I think Nintendo have become more than aware it's not what we wanted for the franchise. I think they know what they have to do to win those fans back
Bad acting and a boring script
Such a waste of huge resources and high artistic talents
Screw Jessica Chobot, Ronda Rousey would make a better Samus Aran than this. Samus is suppose to be bold and brave, this brood makes her look puny and stupid.
Every time I see her I get weirded out, her face is shaped like a pringle.
@Ogbert: I also think Federation Force doesn't look so bad as some describe it and I'm trust that Nintendo will eventually find a way to surprise us, be it with another Metroid game or a movie (or both) and that way win their fans back.
@Nego: I would have to look at Ryuji Kitaura's work first since I'm not really familiar with it (haven't played Other M, maybe I'll watch a video later), but couldn't his movie could turn out to be better than the cutscenes?
And @all the people complaining about the actress: I didn't even know this Jessica Chobot but I didn't find her that bad. Maybe a bit one-dimensional. Then again, this is only a small short movie. You definitely find worse actresses in some hollywood movies.
well... looks really polished for a fan made short.. BUT, all amazing productions aside.. story is very bland. What i mean is, many will be dozing off because there isnt any character development.. but really well done.. feels more like a tribute short rather than a realistic Hollywood film. I would love to see a sort of time travel element introduced into the metroid universe. J.J. Abrahams meets Metroid. Or even alternative universe.. which i suppose the prime games did play around with.. where you revisit areas that have changed...
Looked nice. But Samus was wearing way too much make up; you just don't have time to put on lipstick when you're going to kick investigate a space ruin which may be creeping with Space Pirates. Seriously, is that the right time to apply eye shadow?
But yeah, the setting and the action were nice.
what if there was a planet samus explored and it was hyrule. or even the mushroom kingdom.. that would be amazing.
It's pretty good!
However I wouldn't want a Metroid movie. Most licensed movies based of games don't do too well, and even licensed cartoons or comics or other forms of media suffer the same fate such as Craptastic 4, The Last Airbender, Dragonball Evolution and others.
Not to say it can't be good, but the risks are too high.
Hmm... I think Scarlett johansson would be great as Samus. Her voice would fit Samus perfectly.
I really like her in the role as Black Widow, who also is a strong and confidant character. Or just watch her in the movie "Lucy".
Johansson would be a better choice as Samus than Charlize Theron, I think.
Everything was pretty spectacular. The actor could have done a better job, so it's a pretty high rate from me. Nailed SFX and nostalgia. Top that, Fed Force.
@DarthNocturnal How about Uwe Boll-
HAHAHAHA!!!! It's impossible to say that with a straight face!
Very cool overall! The actress wasn't quite there but the visuals were quite amazing! I really liked how her suit was designed to realistically fit a human being (the way the suit's arms connected to the body were always pretty wonky.)
@Damo : "Strong female lead" I was just waiting for you to say "strong female" so I could mock you afterwards, but it came too quick and predictably so I won't. Unless this counts.
P.S. You're my favorite writer for this website, and one of only three whose names I can remember.
Anyway will this get banned like that other fan film? Not that I care. People take Metroid way too seriously. Watching something made by a fan will definitely not be fun.
I JUST REALLY REALLY WANT A NEW METROID TITLE WITH A KICK ASS SAMUS NOT A GIRLIE SAMUS LIKE METROID OTHER M ..
@Nego The only film I'm aware of is that kickstarter one, and it was pulled because they were collecting money for it. There are plenty of short films of Nintendo IPs available on youtube, with proper disclaimers. I will be surprised if they pull this.
@Will-75 Are you being sarcastic? I hope you are.
Wasn't there an actual big budget Metroid film in development at some point? I know I'd go see it!
I like how the Chozo communicated through her logs. It added to that sense of isolation and left things to the imagination.
I don't like the suit though. Seemed too skinny and the shoulders seemed too high. The lit panels were a bit much, too. But it's really good for a fan film. I enjoyed it.
I thought she did pretty good for what it was. The CGI was incredibly well done but there was way too much of it, kind of took me out of it. I wish they had a really good prop suit to use but maybe that would cost more then the CGI? Overall pretty damn good for a short fan film. Really enjoyed the titles/credits too.
@shani In my opinion Other M is only good gameplay-wise and even it has its fair share of problems. When it comes to the cutscenes, they are just painful to watch. They were so far away from the movies that inspired the creation of the series.
@LUIGITORNADO Fair enough.
@retro_player_22 Now that's a notion I can get behind.
The video is pretty pretty, but I'm amazed anyone can still think Chobot is appropriate to cast in a major capacity in a nerdy sci-fi thing after the hideous backlash her Mass Effect role generated.
You know, the one that was pretty much a kickback to IGN to secure good scores?
Big budget Metroid. Cool! Though Chobot as Samus didnt work. To be fair its not like they could afford a triple A star. I think the perfect Samus would be Summer Glaw, Petite star of Terminator tv series and Crackpot psychic from Serenity and Firefly. I think she could pull off the stoic but charismatic personality of Samus Aran.
Fantastic. Although Zero Suit Samus looked dreadfully fake. That wig... T_T
I thought this was pretty stunning actually. If there was one Nintendo franchise I'd like to see in movie form it would be Metroid. I love Samus Aran, there's just something so cool about her character.
@DiscoGentleman you're right though. Her bad wig is bloody distracting!
@WaveGhoul Great picture by the way, "nice touch"
Samus is really tall, which is why Charlize Theron would make a better choice, overall.
But why anyone would choose Jessica "shoehorned into Mass Effect 3 for no reason" Chobot is beyond me. She's not an actress, she looks nothing like Samus, and she doesn't carry the "strong woman" ideal that Samus exemplifies.
Charlize is a tall, tough woman. That's Samus.
A 6'+ blonde with the physique to rock the Zero Suit? Only name that comes to mind is Ireland Baldwin.
The directing of Chobot was weird. I couldn't get past that part. It made 11 minutes drag because it took me out of it. She looked panicked for no good reason, like she was just using the suit/traveling in space for the first time. Pretty visuals, and a good attempt otherwise!
Defo, she is on the older side now but just looks the perfect samus.
CGI and music, top notch. Very bad acting, though, with all the respect for Mrs Chobot.
@Vriess No it wasn't! The CGI was pretty good, but they made her face look like it had more craters than the surface of the moon! It was also weird how the Chozo apparently left her messages in her own voice and image.
Anyway, if we could guarantee it would be done right (read: not gonna happen), I'd love to see a Metroid movie. Better yet, make it a series of 4 films. The first one adapts the backstory manga and the original game with the Zero Mission expanded ending. The second one adapts the Prime Trilogy (could be cut if necessary). The third one adapts "Metroid 2" and "Super Metroid." Finally, the fourth one adapts "Other M" and "Fusion" (while fixing the dialogue in Other M and having Adam authorize the Varia Suit as soon as she sets foot into the volcano area).
Yeah Charlize Theron would be perfect! Chobot here is terrible.
Wel exuuuuuse me princess, if me liking it offended you.
hm, my samus doesn't have children. i'm pretty sure this chick has a child. she shouldn't have been allowed to be casted for this role. samus is not a mom.
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