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The Hollywood Reporter article announcing Woo's involvment

A live-action film version of Metroid was reportedly in development by Lion Rock Productions.[1] Warren Zide and Craig Perry of Zide/Perry Entertainment optioned the film rights for Metroid in January 2003, but these rights expired. John Woo then stepped in and said he would develop the movie.[1] Producers Brad Foxhoven, Suzanne Zizzi and Terence Chang were attached.

The film was to be based around Samus Aran and her early battles with the Metroids and Mother Brain.[1] A small bit of information was given on the film's plot:

The story is set in a once peaceful galaxy, which has its prosperity shattered by a startling discovery: On a routine mapping expedition of a planet, a survey crew discovers a new airborne life form -- the Metroid. Able to engulf other living beings, feed on their energy, and multiply in great numbers, they prove a terrifying menace. Female bounty hunter Samus Aran is commissioned by the Galactic Federation to eliminate the pests, but she soon discovers that pirates with a stolen Metroid specimen are plotting to breed and build an unstoppable army.[2]

It was scheduled to be released in theaters around 2006,[1] but no further word had been heard about the project since 2004. The Internet Movie Database had a page for the movie, though it has since been removed from the site.

In December 2012, the film's producer Brad Foxhoven revealed in an IGN interview that the film was cancelled in 2007 due to creative disagreements, as Nintendo was hesitant about allowing their franchises to be adapted to film following the failure of the Super Mario Bros. live-action film. Buffy writer David Greenwalt was among many writers hired to write the script for the film, which was intended to focus on the origins of Samus Aran.[3] As her backstory had not been clearly detailed at the time, Nintendo was uncomfortable with allowing an outside studio to write an origin story for Samus.

Later interest[]

Yoshio Sakamoto[]

Yoshio Sakamoto stated that he has no intention or desire to adapt Metroid to film himself, and that he would only support such a project if it was directed by Ryuji Kitaura of D-Rockets, who directed the CG cutscenes in Metroid: Other M.[4] He re-stated this position in a 2017 interview when asked if he would like to see a live-action adaptation of Metroid, or an animated TV series such as one that was suggested by Adi Shankar.[5]

Ronda Rousey[]

Mixed-martial artist and actress Ronda Rousey expressed interest in playing the role of Samus in a Metroid film during an interview with GameSpot:

I've always wanted to be Samus. That would be badass. I love how people found out later that it was a hot chick on the inside. And then most of the day you're in a suit, so you can just hang out and eat donuts and be the star of Metroid. I hope they make a movie out of that.

—Ronda Rousey


Foxhoven appeared to support the idea.[8]

Jordon Vogt-Roberts[]

Jordon Vogt-Roberts, the director of Kong: Skull Island and The Kings of Summer, expressed his desire to make a Metroid film in an interview with IGN. He explained that his pitch for the film would have very little dialogue, similar to Drive, and the only time Samus would speak would be occasionally to herself. Vogt-Roberts is doubtful that Nintendo would agree to such a film however.[9][10] He revealed in a tweet that the helmets in Skull Island were partially based on that of Samus.[11] Mike Wikan, who was senior game designer for the original Metroid Prime series, supported Vogt-Roberts' idea.[12]

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.

—Jordon Vogt-Roberts

Brie Larson[]

Actress and Captain Marvel star Brie Larson dressed as Zero Suit Samus for a Halloween party in 2018. When a fan asked if this was the closest fans would get to a Metroid film, she responded "I hope not. I want to make that movie."[13] She reiterated her interest in playing Samus in an episode of Animal Talking with Gary Whitta, saying that Samus was her favorite character to play in the Super Smash Bros. series.[14] She also said her Zero Suit costume had been bought from Amazon for $20.[15][16][17] Of note is that Larson starred in Kong: Skull Island.

Idzuki Kouji[]

Idzuki Kouji, the author of Samus and Joey and Metroid EX, expressed interest in a live-action Metroid Hollywood film. He felt that a surge of interest in the Metroid series brought by a movie could allow Metroid EX to be released as a collection.[18]


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  2. ^ Metroid Movie in the Works (January 21, 2003). Retrieved on 2007-08-20.
  3. ^ Whatever Happened to the Metroid Movie? (December 28, 2012). Retrieved on 2012-12-29.
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  6. ^ Barder, Ollie "Ronda Rousey Wants To Play As Samus In A Live-Action Metroid Movie" Forbes
  7. ^ Paget, Mat "Ronda Rousey Interview: "I've Always Wanted to Be Samus" GameSpot
  8. ^ Foxhoven, Brad (BradFoxhoven). "I was just told about this. @RondaRousey is certainly legit. That supporting cast would need to be careful!" 18 Aug 2017 7:55 p.m. Tweet.
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  11. ^ Vogt-Roberts, Jordon (VogtRoberts). "Small details no one will ever notice but I spent wayyyy too much time designing: The Megaman, Gundam & Metroid inspired helmets in Kong." 18 May 2017 2:46 p.m. Tweet.
  12. ^ Wikan, Mike (Warlock32). "@VogtRoberts Just saw your quote about the Metroid Series. i did the Prime Trilogy ( Design Lead) and would love to see you take a cut at it. I think your film sensibilities would be a good match. -Mike" Oct 4, 2018 4:17 p.m. Tweet.
  13. ^ Larson, Brie (brielarson). "I hope not. I want to make that movie." 2 November 2018 12:02 p.m. Tweet.
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  16. ^ Metroid Cosplay (metroidcosplay). "@garywhitta interviews @brielarson, the most-famous Samus cosplayer, about the idea of a Metroid movie." 24 July 2020 9:54 p.m. Tweet.
  17. ^ Larson, Brie (brielarson). "Make👏it👏happen👏" 25 July 2020 3:49 p.m. Tweet.
  18. ^ "Interview: Idzuki Kouji", Shinesparkers, 2019-11-23. Retrieved on 2019-11-23.