While as of date, we can say there hasn’t been an excellent video game based movie out and Duncan Jones Warcraft is seemingly trying to change that. Nintendo has dipped their toes in the movie business with Super Mario Brothers, but for anyone who has seen it knows that it was a failure for both video game and movie fans. Rumors were also reported last year that Netflix may bring a series based on the Legend of Zelda series but so far nothing has materialized. Today while squandering the internet I came across one of the best video games short films based on Nintendo Metroid franchise, METROID: THE SKY CALLS.
The short films star Jessica Chobot of Nerdist as Samus Aran, an ex-soldier turned galactic bounty hunter fitted with a powered exoskeleton. America Young also did the motion capturing, who is known for his work on Halo 5. The short film shows a heavy influence from the Alien and Prometheus while taking cues from Iron Man. This the direction I would love see Metroid go if it would ever get a feature film.
The short film is describe as:
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.
This short was directed by Sam Balcomb who is no stranger to the short film world, he also did a Wonder Women short and the Zelda Aprils Fool Trailer for IGN. His company Rainfall is no slouch either working with such clients and projects as Disney, Britney Spears, Porsche, G4, 20th Century Fox, Katy Perry, EA Games, Lady Gaga, and Showtime. Our projects include the recent Wonder Woman short, Willow Smith’s Whip My Hair, Pitbull’s International Love, and the Legend of Zelda IGN trailer.