Ever thought the Metroid series would make a good movie? Rainfall Films releases a gorgeous fan made take on Samus Aran’s adventures on YouTube to prove it.
The short film, directed by Sam Balcomb and titled Metroid: The Sky Calls, is an eleven-minute exploration of what a live-action movie featuring one of Nintendo’s most iconic heroes might look like. The Sky Calls features Nerdist’s Jessica Chobot as Samus Aran, exploring an abandoned planet that houses hidden Chozo technology somewhere beneath its surface, and showcases Samus’ famous spacesuit as well as her ship in beautifully-rendered 3D.
The Metroid short also features a very creepy sense of foreboding throughout the film, as Samus journeys into a Chozo ruin and an unknown entity possesses a video of her in order to communicate. Its unsettling, but not dishonest with Metroid‘s roots, which have always been in eerie space civilizations and the one adventurer courageous enough to brave them all. Metroid‘s penchant for the unseemly has even spawned one of the most infamous Nintendo villains of all time, and The Sky Calls expertly navigates that kind of aesthetic over the course of its run time.
Of course, The Sky Calls comes at the perfect time for fans, who have been without a new entry in the main series for some time and were recently informed there would be no true Metroid Prime game until the Nintendo NX’s release. Despite the series’ strong fan following, Nintendo has made it clear that Metroid games aren’t going to be released as frequently as Mario or Pokemon titles.
Still, Metroid: The Sky Calls is a high quality Metroid film that deserves recognition for its excellent visuals. After all, it wasn’t that long ago that Reggie Fils-Aime had to address negative fan reaction to Metroid Prime: Federation Force, and the community hasn’t had much else to go on since then. Any positive entry into Metroid lore, then, is a welcome and much-needed addition to a surprisingly quiet year for the franchise.
That silence could change at a moment’s notice, however. Although a vague rumor that Metroid developer Retro is currently working on a new game isn’t exactly hard evidence there’s a new Metroid title in production, it’s a possibility. For now, though, fans will have to settle for a visually tantalizing tease of what a Metroid movie or next-gen title could look like and dream of the day either of those things become a reality.
What do you think of Metroid: The Sky Calls? Would you buy tickets to see a feature-length live action Metroid film? Let us know in the comments below.