Jordon Vogt-Roberts is currently attached to the Metal Gear Solid movie, having handed in a script for that one, but it seems like that is not the only video game movie that he wants to work on. Rather, it seems like he has another series in mind he would like to bring over from video games to movies- Nintendo’s eerie science fiction franchise, Metroid.
For what it’s worth, it seems like he at least understands the essence of the series, stating in an interview with IGN that the core essence of Metroid is the isolation, and that any movie he wanted to make on the series would emphasize that idea further.
“I have a pitch for a Metroid movie,” he said. “They’ll never let me. It’s too crazy. It legitimately would be her (Samus) alone. It would be a little bit of her talking to herself. As soon as they introduce other talking characters in those games, to me it loses everything. You put her alone and it’s almost got more to do with the silence of a movie like Drive. Like the quietness, and having it be like a real, intense mood piece, but mixed with sci-fi.”
There is precedence for that kind of quiet, reflective, somber science fiction cinema, to be fair- it’s just that it tends to be attached more to smaller, experimental movies and directors, than what I assume would be pitched as a tentpole blockbuster. So I get why he thinks it would never be greenlit. Personally, I think I am okay with that. The beauty of many games, including Metroid, is that their essence can never be captured in anything other than a game.