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Brie Larson Wants a Metroid Movie and Fans Aren’t Upset About It

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Yet another star took the internet into a bit of a craze this week after showcasing her Halloween costume. Brie Larson has already had increasing success in the film world. From winning an Oscar for her performance in the movie Room to recently scoring the role of Carol Danvers in the upcoming Captain Marvel. If you’re a follower of the MCU, you’ve probably already seen the trailer. But Larson doesn’t want to stop. Fans of Metroid are already losing their minds over the photo Brie Larson shared: her Halloween costume as “Zero Suit Samus.” After a few reactions to her posts, Brie Larson expressed her desire for a Metroid movie.

Brie Larson as “Zero Suit Samus” for Halloween

Metroid’s Samus Aran is an iconic female video game character. Thanks to the Nintendo franchise, we have a female bounty hunter who battles Space Pirates and biological weapons (Metroids and Phazon, for example). So far, there have been fourteen game releases since the first Metroid release in 1986. Nintendo recognizes the Metroid franchise as one of their most successful series’ of games. Check out the original post below by @brielarson via Instagram:

 

 

So when you get an actress who has already landed a huge role like Captain Marvel and put her in a Samus suit for Halloween, fans are definitely going to go crazy. Fans have wanted to see a Metroid film adaption for years, and although it would be a large undertaking, perhaps Larson’s desire to play Samus—which she expressed via Twitter— may speed up the process. Who knows. We can only hope.

Fan Reactions: Brie Larson Wants a Metroid Movie, But How Do the Fans Feel?

Sure, there are probably some other actors out there who could pull off playing the lead in a Metroid film. I can think of a few. However, with the weight of success that Larson already has behind her, it may just be a match that could come to fruition. And to be honest, most of the fan reactions via Twitter are anything but negative. See a few of them below.

 

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Brie Larson Wants a Metroid Movie and Fans Aren’t Upset About It. Featured Photo Credit: Christopher Patey, TheTalks.com

 

3 Video Games That Should Be Turned Into Movies

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Turning video games into motion pictures has always been a risky move for film companies. Assassin’s Creed, Mortal Kombat, Resident Evil, Prince of Persia, Tomb Raider and Super Mario Bros. have been some of the video games that have been adapted into films that were not all too successful with critics and audiences. It can be arduous feat to transform an entertainment format that is for the majority interactive into another format that can only be seen by people and not interacted with. It is often tough to tell consumers to watch an adapted story that was originally interactive with a main character and just tell them now it’s time for you sit back and watch the game because it is now a film. I am not opposed into turning video games into movies, a lot of past video game films have had amazing action sequences, quality characters, and detailed special effects. However, the plot and dialogue has almost always seem to fall flat. Video games can be great films, but only if it is done in the right way. For a video game to turn into a good movie, it has to have a relatable story with complex characters and a well-thought out plot to the point where the viewer feels that characters should control their own story rather than the players. I wish Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle would count since it melds the both formats quite nicely, unfortunately Jumanji was not a video game before it was a movie it was just amazing children’s book. In addition, exceptionally crafted video games such as The Last of Us and Uncharted are already in development to become full-length films. Although, here are some video games that have the potential to be great movies.

 

Fallout

This 1997 post-nuclear, apocalyptic role-playing game takes place in an retro-futuristic alternate timeline where 1950s culture remained in place. The game picks up in the year 2161, 84 years after a global nuclear war occurs in the mid-21st Century. The game’s story follows three characters living in a customized version of a fallout shelter, known as Vault 13. Although, for this story to work for a film, it obviously need a permanent character with a solid backstory. If they follow the story of the charismatic and brave leader, Albert Cole and show his story of surviving in a nuclear wasteland with the friendships he has created and the enemies and challenges he must confront. The main character does not have to be Albert but there has to be a relatable character with complex motivations and a driving plot. If Fallout ever became a film it could potentially be a mix of the film Mad Max: Fury Road meets the Netflix TV show Black Mirror. Sadly, the role-playing game format might not be seen as profitable translated to film and shown to mainstream audiences rather than audiences of loyal fans. This film would have to combine the audiences by making the film appear likeable to both types.

 

Image Credit: 2K Games

BioShock

This 2007 first person shooter video game series was developed by Irrational Games. This first game in the series takes place in the 1960s and centers on the main hero, Jack, the only survivor of a plane crash who discovers an abandoned underwater metropolis known as Rapture. Soon, he finds out that there is more mystery and evil to the creation of the city than he first thought. This game has such immersive action sequences, emotional connections and interactions between complex characters, and a uniquely original plot. If this game were to be turned into movie it would be amazing to see an onscreen version of the underwater city of Rapture and the possibly horrific or heartwarming interactions Jack has with “The Little Sisters.” His run-ins with the city’s aquatic-armored guards known as “Big Daddies’ would be filled with intriguing action scenes and a surprise plot twist at the end of the story would only leave viewers wanting more film adaptations of the series. But if the character, plot, and world are not got given the time they need to be put onto film and the audience feels more like it’s a story that’s better played than watched, then the story should just stay a game. However, if it is done right then this could be the action-adventure sci-fi horror that viewers didn’t know they wanted.

 

Image Credit: Square Enix

Life is Strange

This 2015 episodic graphic adventure game is less heavy on the sci-fi, although it presents the story of an teenage photography student Max Caulfield who discovers that she has the ability to rewind time at any moment, leading every choice she makes to cause a butterfly effect. With the use of her powers, Max must figure out how to help her friends, defeat her enemies, and save everyone in her town from an incoming deadly storm. If this game were made to a film, it would be compelling to see what choices Max makes once she gets her powers and the consequences she must face with every use of her powers. Also, the impending doom of a life-threatening storm should keep its audience invested in the plot as well as its characters. A strong female leads that has to save her town and deal with her mistakes seems like a great hook for a film.

 

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Once Upon a Nintendo

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When summer winds down and fall sets in, most people develop a nostalgia for hot sun, sandy beaches and cool waters. Being a recent graduate, I wistfully think back to my school days. The hours of lecturing and taking notes were all worth the effort once I returned home and my “real” work began. With a bowl of Fruit Loops at my side and a game controller in hand, I was transported to a 16 bit world for the next several hours. Some things have changed since then. I’m no longer a student, I prefer Lucky Charms and I find very little time for gaming. However, this year I sought an opportunity to quench that childhood thirst. For a solid week, I vowed to do absolutely nothing (within the limits of the human body) except revisit games from my console of choice—Super NES. After a couple of sleepless nights and sore thumbs later, I’ve compiled a list of some of my all-time favorites.

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5. The Donkey Kong Country series
Okay, so I cheated a little here. The DKC series has three incredible installments: Donkey Kong Country, Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest and Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble. With barrels all over the place, this is some of the most infuriating gameplay you’ll ever experience. Still, the DKC series is undeniably fun, with hundreds of levels, secret worlds and ridiculously odd characters. Your opponents range from bees to armadillos, and your comrades range from rhinos to ostriches. There’s no real logic behind DKC, but who needs it when you have hours of stimulating gameplay before you.

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4. Super Mario All-Stars
This is genius at its very best. Take all of your classic Super Mario games, add save options where there were none, recreate them for one console and what do you have? Super Mario All-Stars! Why do I even need to justify its place on my list? In this dynamite compilation you get Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario Bros. 3, and Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (previously a Japanese-exclusive release)—what more could you want? Every true gamer loves Mario (Luigi’s okay too). Climbing up vines, jumping on shells and chasing Yoshi is what we do best!

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3. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
Is it enough to say that I have started and completed this game five times? Simply put, I am obsessed. Don’t be fooled by the name of the game; you’re not only playing as Mario. Eventually, Princess Toadstool and even Bowser join your team among others. Travelling through different worlds in search of fallen stars and hidden treasures, you’ll come across bosses with insane amounts of HP, which always makes for a fun encounter. As the final Mario game that was ever released for the SNES console, Square developers truly outdid themselves. With special appearances by known figures from other games such as Link and Culex, it’s the little details that make Super Mario RPG so exquisite.

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2. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
If games were a sundae, The Legend of Zelda is the cherry on top—exceptionally sweet! This is one of the best-selling SNES games of all time, and it’s no wonder with graphics that were way ahead of its time and hours of gameplay. As you assume the role of Link, you will use your wide array of weapons (the hookshot is my favorite) to uncover secrets, navigate through castles, defeat challenging bosses and save Princess Zelda. This game is more than enough to quell the real-life adventurer.

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1. Earthbound
Truth be told, I didn’t have a chance to revisit this game. So why is it number one on my list, you ask? Not only do I remember it as being the most creative and heart-warming RPG ever, but it is a cult classic that is nearly impossible to get your hands on these days. To give you an idea of Earthbound’s rarity and value, the least expensive option is to buy it on Amazon and/or Ebay where bids begin at $169.99 and sky rocket to well over $300.00, depending on condition. This is a game that I will only be able to play again in my memories, but its greatness is so mentally-tangible that it will forever be at the top of my list.