Earlier today we reported that
a completed script has been turned in for the Metal Gear movie after years stuck in limbo. Director Jordon Vogt-Roberts talked at length with IGN about the difficulties of adapting a video game into a movie, but he believes he’s up to the challenge. During the course of their discussion, the Metroid franchise was brought up, and Roberts revealed that he’d love a chance to adapt it into a film as well.
Just prior to the 11 minute mark in the above video, Roberts begins talking about how the incredible impact
Super Metroid had on him as a child. The game’s feeling of isolation and solitude resonated with him, and he credits the baby Metroid’s sacrifice as a scene that taught him the concept of altruism.
He believes that we’re entering an era where a wave of filmmakers who grew up having similar emotional experiences from video games will reflect those experiences in their movies. When asked if he would be interested in making a
Metroid movie himself, Roberts excitedly explained that he already has a script pitch in mind.
“I have a pitch for a Metroid movie. They’ll never let me. It’s too crazy. It legitimately would be her (Samus) alone. It would be a little bit of her talking to herself. As soon as they introduce other talking characters in those games, to me it loses everything. You put her alone and it’s almost got more to do with the silence of a movie like Drive. Like the quietness. and having it be like a real, intense mood piece, but mixed with sci-fi.” —
Roberts doesn’t anticipate that he’ll ever have the chance to make such a film, but it’s clear that he has a passion for the franchise. Should Nintendo consider a Metroid movie? Is Roberts’ pitch for a moody, isolated experience the right approach? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!