Video games expanding its reach outside of gaming has been an attempt for the industry for over a few decades now. And while it is surely ambitious and deserving for some franchises, it has given fans a really sour taste in their mouth with how the beloved series have been interpreted to new media. But in recent years, that looks to finally becoming a thing of the past with some projects.
Such as the new approach to integrate gaming into television which has sparked a new genre of televised entertainment. Primarily on Netflix with Castlevania and The Witcher as of yet, there are other exciting additions as well such as The Cuphead Show and Cyberpunk: Edgerunners in the coming future.
Film on the other hand has been trickier in recent years. Such as Detective Pikachu and Sonic the Hedgehog which just exceed the benchmark for being enjoyable films. However, other projects that have attempted to break the stigma only fueled the negative connotation surrounding video game films.
But that does not stop people from want to pursue these projects. In fact, some are eager to do so such as Dave Bautista to portray Marcus Fenix in the coming Gears of War film. And now, Brie Larson has shared, again, her ambitions to take the role for Samus in a Metroid movie. While there is no production in development, she wants to reserve her role ahead of the announcement.
She was always my character that I played in Super Smash Bros. and I just loved her. So that whole thing started and I’ve definitely not put a squash to that story and I definitely want to make that movie, I definitely want to participate in that. So, Nintendo, once again, I would love to do it!
Larson disclosed her desire for the role when speaking on the Gar Whitta Animal Talking virtual talk show where she explains her love for the character. Although she shared to primarily play the Metroid protagonist in Super Smash Bros., she tells the idea to cast herself for the film came from a cheap costume she got on Amazon for a Halloween party. “So, I was Samus for Halloween two years ago… It was literally a $20 costume I bought off of Amazon, it was like nothing.
I was so excited about it, and so I posted a picture of it on Instagram of me and the costume and it turned into this thing of people being like ‘woah!’” She has told to ask Nintendo for the role if a film comes to fruition before, so now she is trying to solidify her position for the character. However, on director is looking to pursue the movie later on.
Speaking with IGN back in 2018, Jordan Vogt-Roberts shared his interest to tackle a film on the classic Nintendo series. He told that he would want to bring the project to reality since many productions never center a silent protagonist. This movie would come sometime after this current Metal Gear project that is underway in collaboration with Hideo Kojima. You can read the full report by heading here.
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