Nintendo has announced that it’s officially making a live-action movie based on The Legend of Zelda. Some details about the talent involved were also revealed including the producers and director. This follows the enormous success of The Super Mario Bros. Movie which is currently one of the highest-grossing movies of all time, bringing in $1.3 billion at the worldwide box office.
As reported by Video Games Chronicle, Nintendo has announced its plans to develop a live-action Legend of Zelda movie. Shigeru Miyamoto will produce the movie alongside Hollywood producer Avi Arad, the former CCO of Marvel Entertainment. Additionally, it will be directed by Wes Ball, who previously directed The Maze Runner and the upcoming Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes.
Nintendo’s statement about the live-action Legend of Zelda movie reads:
“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.”
Miyamoto also released a statement revealing that he had been working on a Zelda movie for several years now and is happy to work alongside Avi Arad to finally bring it to big screen:
“I have been working on the live-action film of The Legend of Zelda for many years now with Avi Arad-san, who has produced many mega hit films. 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.”
Interestingly, it appears that this adaptation will be live-action instead of animated like The Super Mario Bros. Movie. Of course, plans could easily change but that once again begs the question which casting Hollywood will go for. We imagine it will be a rollercoaster ride just as wild as the time that Nintendo revealed the voice cast for the Mario movie.
Source: Video Games Chronicle