Movies based on video games have long been considered a laughing stock in Hollywood, since most of them have failed miserably. To this day, only one video game movie has earned more than $100 million at the domestic box office, 2001's Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, starring Angelina Jolie, which took in $131.1 million. The sequel, 2003's Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life, took in a disappointing $65.6 million domestically. While we could be on the verge of video games breaking box office barriers, with Warcraft and Assassin's Creed hitting theaters this year, actress and UFC fighter Ronda Rousey revealed in an interview with GameSpot that she wants to play Samus Aran in an adaptation of the Nintendo classic Metroid. Here's what she had to say below.
"I've always wanted to be Samus. That would be badass. I love how people found out later that it was a hot chick on the inside. And then most of the day you're in a suit, so you can just hang out and eat donuts and be the star of Metroid. I hope they make a movie out of that."
As it turns out, there almost was a Metroid movie, but it never came to fruition. Way back in 2004, director John Woo optioned the video game to direct a movie adaptation with producer Brad Foxhoven, but the project fell apart in 2007. Nintendo famously hasn't granted permission for any movie adaptation since the colossal failure of 1993's Super Mario Bros., which earned just over $20 million from a $48 million budget. However, there has been talk recently that we may see adaptations of Nintendo classics soon.
Back in August, Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto revealed that the company is starting to consider licensing its game properties to movie studios for feature film adaptations. Over the past few years, the company has started to loosen its grip on its character, allowing the Super Mario Bros. character Bowser to appear in Disney's 2012 hit Wreck-It Ralph. They also allowed Donkey Kong to be used in Pixels, and emails leaked from the Sony hack in 2014 revealed the studio was working on a Super Mario Bros. animated movie. Last year, we also reported that a live-action Legend of Zelda TV show was in the works at Netflix, but Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata revealed a month later that report wasn't true.
Nearly 30 years after it was first released in August 1986, Metroid remains a fan-favorite game to this day. The original game followed Samus as she travels through the cavernous planet Zebes to stop the Space Pirates from exploiting the parasitic organisms known as Metroids for galactic domination. The game spawned numerous sequels over the years, with the latest installment, Metroid Prime: Federation Force, debuting later this year.