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Metroid: The Sky Calls is an ambitious and epic 70s sci-fi fan film

by Ron Duwell | November 5, 2015November 5, 2015 6:30 pm PDT

Looks like someone just landed themselves a job in Hollywood. Director Sam Balcomb has turned Nintendo’s classic Metroid series into a stylish and slick 70s sci-fi flick, and it’s probably the best thing to emerge from the series since 2004.

Metroid: The Sky Calls is the product of Rainfall Films, the same three-man team that did the Legend of Zelda movie trailer for IGN back on April Fools in 2008. Much of the film is high quality CG perfectly rendering Samus’ armor and replicating her mobility, but it also stars Jessica Chobot as the iconic bounty hunter. Her role boils down to headshots similar to Robert Downey Jr. when he’s in the Iron Man suit.

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.

Taking notes, Nintendo?

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Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...

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