John Woo options Metroid movie

Director John Woo confirms that he has optioned the movie rights to Nintendo's popular Metroid series.

According to a recent Reuters report, director John Woo has optioned the movie rights to Nintendo's popular Metroid series. Details on the movie are scarce at present, but it's believed that the storyline will focus on Samus Aran's origins, as well as her subsequent battles with the Metroids and Mother Brain.

"We are very fortunate that there is such an extensive amount of material to draw upon for the film, due to there being so many iterations of the game over the years," said Woo.

The movie rights for the Metroid series were originally optioned by producers Warren Zide and Craig Perry in January of last year but were allowed to expire. Woo's game studio, Tiger Hill Games, stepped in to option the rights from Nintendo when they became available again.

"We have to assume the mainstream audience is unfamiliar with the property," said producer Brad Foxhoven. "As for the rest of the film, we will stay true to the game and [will] have Samus battling the Metroids and Mother Brain in a fight for control of the galaxy."

We'll bring you more information on Woo's Metroid movie plans as soon as it becomes available.

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24 comments
hi-buzz
hi-buzz

I Can't wait to see how well this "GAME to MOVIE" conversion will be when it releases...I AM A HUGE FAN OF METROID GAMES...the metroid games have lots of science-fiction elements which includes strange outer worlds atmosphere, great soundtracks and suspense to make a great film...

TriniRicanJunie
TriniRicanJunie

it better be a fine as girl with big tetas and the look of samus for real but it'll be nice if their was a movie probably in the next couple years .......... hopefully

GameDownloadman
GameDownloadman

Hate to burst peoples bubble, but this news is already 2 years old. No news of it has come out in those 2 years, so I doubt it's still on.

Johnny-Torque
Johnny-Torque

Kiera Knightly IS Samus, she's got the look in my opinion. Uma is kind of ugly.

gerardinsito
gerardinsito

Who's gonna be Samus?? Charlize Theron, Uma Thurman, Hilary Duf, Cameron Diaz, WHO?????!!!!

PeterTimpa
PeterTimpa

It should be good UMA Thurman needs to be Samus

fictionfan
fictionfan

I hope it turns out good... I don't want to see a movie like Resident Evil. (Oh yes, I like the series, just not the movies)

chibirevolution
chibirevolution

I just hope this movie doesn't turn out like the Super Mario Brothers movie back in the 90s LOL (^^)

Adult_Kafei
Adult_Kafei

I heard he recentley gave up the rights, meaning currentley there are no plans for a metroid movie

bioshockt
bioshockt

if thay do make a Metroid Prime movie thay better make it good Crazy_Sam i'am with you almost every superhero or game that comes to the silver screen is crap

TheLazySouth
TheLazySouth

Why?! Why would you desecrate a solemn character like Samus? What would you have her say? "Time to rid of some 'roids" Enough already!

Gulanzon
Gulanzon

Tarantino did Kill Bill. Woo is big on HK gangster flicks. They're all superb, and he's a wonderful director.

RE4FreakOut
RE4FreakOut

Whoo boy, another comment, this time about the spelling thing, see, I don' t like it when people spell, because like "Cuz" and stuff, it's not "Dat" it's "that"! Alrite, Pplz!?

RE4FreakOut
RE4FreakOut

Anyway, I'm with Crazy_Sam as far as all that goes!

RE4FreakOut
RE4FreakOut

Well, to add to my last comment, if Woo was the guy who did Kill Bill, the acting in that really stunk, i hope this movie isn't like that...see, that's what i was wondering about,the acting and directing.

RE4FreakOut
RE4FreakOut

Dude, I bet you this is going to be one of those movies where only, like, nine people go to see it or something, but I might be one of those nine...don't get me wrong ,I like Metroid, or I wouldn't be on this page! It might or might not be good. And yes, I DO like to spell correctly.

charlesq_70
charlesq_70

Woo optioned the movie, which means next to nothing beyond that his company has the right to make it if it wants to. There's no sign of any actual production as far as I can tell. Now I'm replying to myself. Time to take a break.

charlesq_70
charlesq_70

Is there any more news on this? IMdB has an entry for 'Metroid (2006)' but there's nothing in it

Crazy_Sam
Crazy_Sam

Ah sure hope it will be a good movie. We all know what happens when a superhero or a game comes to the silver screen... (thinking of Fantastic 4 and DOOM, here)

fishingalex
fishingalex

Same here I only heard about it from the rumors page. When this game was on the SNES I thought then it should be a movie, took them long enough.

Alpha1972
Alpha1972

Wow I surprise this wasn't bigger news. Only heard about this from the rumors of the Legend of Zelda movie.