Live-Action Metroid Movie Reportedly In Development, Emily Blunt Eyed To Star


Nintendo is eager to expand its reach into Hollywood, it seems.

What with the popular video game publisher having already confirmed a film starring its world-famous Italian plumber, it appears that Mario’s not the only mascot being primed for the big screen. Earlier this week, We Got This Covered learned that the company is reportedly pursuing a live-action adaptation for its Legend of Zelda series and it could wind up on streaming service Netflix.

Now, however, it’s the turn of Samus Aran to potentially get her own cinematic debut, as our sources – the same ones who told us Robert Pattinson had clinched the role of Batman and that an Aladdin sequel is in development – say that a live-action movie is now in early development. Due to the project still being in its infancy, solid details concerning the Metroid movie aren’t readily available, though Nintendo is reportedly eyeing Emily Blunt to play the bounty hunter.

The British actress certainly fits the bill in terms of sharing a similar likeness to the character’s video game design and has plenty of experience when it comes to action blockbusters with the likes of Looper and Edge of Tomorrow among her eclectic filmography. It’s unclear if she’s been formally contacted yet, but she is indeed on the wishlist. That being said, the Big N could ultimately find itself picking someone else to don Ms. Aran’s iconic helmet once the title moves into production, as it’s still so early on in the development phase.

As far as a potential release date is concerned, fans should likely temper expectations, as Ninty will assuredly already have its hands full with the aforementioned projects. We’ll be sure to keep you posted as and when further details emerge on that front but in the meantime, there appears to be plenty of Metroid inbound for Switch owners.

Both the beloved Metroid Prime Trilogy and a complete remake of SNES classic Super Metroid are said to be in the works, according to one prominent industry insider, and while neither is likely to generate the same level of hype as, say, Metroid Prime 4, Samus fans will no doubt take their fix wherever they can get it.