Live-Action ‘Legend of Zelda’ Film in The Making

It’s finally happening! After nearly four decades of entertaining gamers, Nintendo has officially announced a live-action feature film adaptation of ‘The Legend of Zelda’ franchise. While we’re still awaiting critical details like the release date, the plot, and the cast, the fact that the iconic series is leaping the big screen is reason enough to get your inner Link or Zelda gear up for the adventure.

Nintendo confirmed that the live-action ‘Legend of Zelda’ film would be co-produced by none other than the legendary Shigeru Miyamoto himself, the co-creator of the franchise and the genius behind ‘Super Mario.’ Alongside Miyamoto, Avi Arad, a former Marvel Entertainment executive, will serve as an executive producer.

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The film’s director is none other than Wes Ball, the talent behind the ‘Maze Runner’ trilogy and the upcoming ‘Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes.’ While Wes Ball’s previous work may not seem immediately related to the fantastical world of Hyrule, it’s worth noting that his experience in delivering visually stunning and immersive narratives makes him a promising choice for the live-action Zelda film.

Now, the burning question on everyone’s mind is: Which game from ‘The Legend of Zelda’ series will be adapted for the film? Nintendo has not revealed this. Will it follow the classic storyline of Link’s quest to rescue Princess Zelda from the clutches of Ganon, or will it venture into uncharted territory? Until we get more insights, fans will have to speculate and dream about their favourite game coming to life on the silver screen.

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In Shigeru Miyamoto’s words, “I have been working on the live-action film of ‘The Legend of Zelda’ for many years now.” 

Nintendo’s decision to greenlight the live-action Zelda film comes after the gaming giant’s foray into the film industry with the ‘Super Mario Bros’ film, which proved to be a massive success, grossing over $1 billion at the global box office. This has emboldened Nintendo to explore new horizons and share its iconic characters and stories with a broader audience.

‘The Legend of Zelda’ franchise itself is nothing short of a legendary saga. It began its adventure in 1986 on the NES platform with the release of the very first game, and since then, it has seen over 20 mainline entries and a dedicated fan base that spans generations. The latest addition to the series, ‘The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom’, was released this year and has received acclaim for its familiar yet enchanting gameplay.

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‘The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’ and its 2022 sequel, ‘Tears of the Kingdom’, are considered among the best video games of all time.

This isn’t the first time ‘The Legend of Zelda’ has flirted with the idea of being adapted into visual media. An animated series was released in 1989, and Netflix even announced plans for another animated series in 2015, though that project never materialized. But now, with the success of Nintendo’s ‘Super Mario Bros’ film, the timing seems ripe for ‘The Legend of Zelda’ to make its grand entrance into the world of live-action cinema.

-Britney Jones