Considering the success of The Super Mario Bros. Movie earlier this year – it achieved worldwide sales of $1.36 billion USD – it is no surprise that Nintendo would want to follow it up. With what? Its next biggest franchise, of course, The Legend of Zelda. The Japanese company confirmed today that a live-action Zelda movie is now in the works.
Is there going to be a live-action Zelda movie?
Yes, most definitely yes! Rumours have swirled around for years that a Legend of Zelda film was planned. Murmurings occurred in 2015 that said Nintendo and Netflix were collaborating but that never came to anything. The Super Mario Bros. Movie is probably partially responsible for the new film getting off the ground.
The official news is that the film will be produced by Nintendo and Arad Productions Inc., with more than 50% of the project financed by Nintendo. Interestingly, the project will be co-financed by Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. SPE will also handle the worldwide theatrical distribution.
“By getting deeply involved in the movie production with the aim to put smiles on everyone’s faces through entertainment, Nintendo will continue its efforts to produce unique entertainment and deliver it to as many people as possible,” the company notes in a statement.
Who is directing the Zelda movie?
Nintendo’s legendary game designer Shigeru Miyamoto will also help produce the film alongside Avi Arad. In a tweet via Nintendo’s X account Miyamoto says: “I have been working on the live-action film of The Legend of Zelda for many years now with Avi Arad-san.” Adding: “I have asked Avi-san to produce this film with me, and we have now officially started the development of the film with Nintendo itself heavily involved in the production. It will take time until its completion, but I hope you look forward to seeing it.”
Zelda Movie Release Date
At present there’s no official release date for the movie.
Zelda Movie actors and plot
No details regarding who could play Link and the titular Princess Zelda have been announced thus far. Getting that right to please fans worldwide will be a huge task. As for the plot, if they keep to The Legend of Zelda canon then expect to see Ganon ravaging Hyrule once again.
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