'Face/Off' director John Woo has optioned the rights to Nintendo's hit sci-fi action game franchise 'Metroid'.

The Hollywood Reporter says that Woo will produce the film and has the option to direct.

The first film in what is hoped will be a movie franchise will reach screens in 2006.

Woo is also developing three other games through his Tiger Hill video game studio, directing the games' cinematics and overseeing the storylines and voice talent.