Stranger Things' Gaten Matarazzo on his dream of an animated Zelda and his love for Pokémon
Stranger Things have happened...
Gaten Matarazzo, who plays Dustin on Stranger Things, is apparently a huge Nintendo fan! In a recent interview with Variety, Matarazzo spoke on his love for games like Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, which he plans on gifting to people during the holidays. They also mention the fact that he’s been working with Nintendo directly to talk about the games he’s excited to play this year. We’ll have to wait and see exactly how far that partnership goes, but perhaps he’ll pop up in some promotional materials in the future.
Now that he’s got some downtime over the holidays, Matarazzo, a lifelong Nintendo fan, is teaming up with the brand to talk about a few of their latest titles he hopes to play during this festive season.
“My mom says I’m the worst person to shop for, because I never have a list or say that I want anything specifically,” the actor says, noting that he knows exactly what he’s giving out for presents this year. “I know I’ll be gifting ‘Pokémon Scarlet’ and ‘Pokémon Violet’ to friends and I’m ready to start playing it myself.”
Next, Matarazzo talked about the Nintendo property he’d most like to see turned into a movie: The Legend of Zelda! His dream for a franchise adaptation would feature an emphasis on music over dialogue, a direction that would certainly align with the games themselves.
Matarazzo has been a longtime fan of the ‘Pokémon’ TV shows, but there’s one Nintendo franchise he thinks is ripe for a film adaptation: “I’m a huge ‘Legend of Zelda’ fan and I’ve always wanted to see a very visually and musically driven animated film. It might be challenging when most of the characters never speak, but to explore a vocally silent world where a story can be told visually and through score would be really cool.”
With the Super Mario Bros. movie coming soon, more Nintendo film adaptations are likely to follow. Could Gaten Matarazzo be the push the studio needs to get a Zelda movie made? Maybe he could voice a “vocally silent” Link? Let us know if this sounds like the Zelda movie you’d like to see.
Having a Zelda adaption with a focus on visual storytelling and score is a really unique idea for this.
I think most fans come up with your average streaming service- or MCU-style adaption when fantasizing about game adaptions, which is hardly original or compelling.
This is an idea that sounds like just the right amount of "unexpected" in it's approach that would make it fit right in with Nintendo's style.