Back in 2013, Rainfall Films made headlines with a very impressive short film focusing on Wonder Woman (who, unlike back then, will finally reach the big screen in just two years from now). Now, the group are back with Metroid: The Sky Falls, a very cool effort which was written and directed by Sam Balcomb that brings the beloved Nintendo video game to life.
This Metroid short stars Jessica Chobot as the live-action Samus and America Young as the motion capture of the bounty hunter. While this isn’t an adaptation of any one story, it’s very much set in the same world and takes some interesting cues from other famous science fiction movies just like the original Metroid (which was inspired by Ridley Scott’s Alien).
Here’s the official description of the short which offers some insight into their approach:
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.
Unfortunately, there’s currently no word on the status of an official Metroid movie. Nintendo have been reluctant to adapt any of their properties since the disaster that was the Super Mario Bros. movie back in the early ’90s, but it was revealed earlier this year that they’re reconsidering that stance. For now, this awesome fan film will definitely help fill the void…