From the studio that broke our hearts with a The Legend of Zelda live action April Fool’s Joke.
While I was busy wondering if my dreams of a live action The Legend of Zelda would ever be realized, nonprofit production studio Rainfall was creating a fan film centered around the beloved Metroid franchise.
Metroid: The Sky Calls is just under twelve minutes and follows isolated bounty hunter Samus Aran, played by Jessica Chobot of The Nerdist, and draws inspiration heavily from the Ridley Scott classic Alien. America Young, who worked on Halo 5: Guardians, performed motion capture for the character.
“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,” the description reads. “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.”
Rainfall was also the studio behind the viciously cruel The Legend of Zelda April Fool’s hoax trailer, but I was willing to forgive them (just this once), as the Metroid short is wonderful.