Zide/Perry snags ‘Metroid’ pic rights

'Pie,' 'Destination' producers prep vidgame

HOLLYWOOD — Management and production concern Zide/Perry Entertainment has acquired the feature rights to video game franchise Metroid.

Producers Warren Zide and Craig Perry, who’ve produced both the “American Pie” and “Final Destination” franchises, are currently going out to writers and directors to adapt the property, to which no talent is attached as yet.

Story is set in a once peaceful galaxy, which has its prosperity shattered by a startling discovery: On a routine mapping expedition of a planet, a survey crew discovers a new airborne life form — the Metroid. Able to engulf other living beings, feed on their energy, and multiply in great numbers, they prove a terrifying menace. Female bounty hunter Samus Aran is commissioned by the Galactic Federation to eliminate the pests, but she soon discovers that pirates with a stolen Metroid specimen are plotting to breed an build an unstoppable army.

Originally released for the Nintendo game system, each of its incarnations, including “Super Metroid,” “Metroid II,” and “Metroid Fusion,” has been a bestseller on its respective platform. Latest Nintendo release for the Nintendo GameCube, “Metroid Prime,” was recognized by GameSpot and GameSpy as 2002’s Game of the Year.