The legend comes to life
Nintendo of Japan has officially announced that a live-action film based on the Legend of Zelda series will soon begin development. The film will be directed by Wes Ball who is known for the Maze Runner movies, as well as the upcoming Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes and Mouse Guard.
The Zelda movie will be co-financed by Nintendo and Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., with Nintendo providing over 50% of the total financing. Shigeru Miyamoto will be a producer on the film along with Avi Arad, who has produced many Marvel movies for Fox and Sony over the past two decades.
After the success of the Super Mario Bros. Movie, more adaptations of Nintendo franchises seemed like an inevitability, but we didn’t know exactly what form that would take. While more animated features seem likely down the road, Nintendo has apparently decided that Zelda is more deserving of the live-action treatment.
There will of course be plenty of speculation on the subject in the months to come concerning the tone, cast, and possible source material. Right now, Nintendo and Sony aren’t giving much away, so we’ll have to wait to find out more. According to Miyamoto via Nintendo’s Twitter account, Nintendo is “heavily involved in the production”. He adds, “It will take time until its completion, but I hope you look forward to seeing it.”
See below for Nintendo’s official press release.
Nintendo Co., Ltd. (HQ: Kyoto Minami-ku; Representative Director and President: Shuntaro Furukawa, “Nintendo” hereafter) today announced that it will develop a live-action film of The Legend of Zelda.
The film will be produced by Shigeru Miyamoto, Representative Director and Fellow of Nintendo and Avi Arad, Chairman of Arad Productions Inc., who has produced many mega hit films.
The film will be produced by Nintendo and Arad Productions Inc., and directed by Wes Ball. The film will be co-financed by Nintendo and Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., with more than 50% financed by Nintendo. The theatrical distribution of the film will be done worldwide by Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.
By producing visual contents of Nintendo IP by itself, Nintendo is creating new opportunities to have people from around the world to access the world of entertainment which Nintendo has built, through different means apart from its dedicated game consoles.
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.