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Old 11-07-23, 04:11 PM
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The Legend of Zelda (D: Wes Ball)

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.
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I wish it weren't live action, some of the things in those games are not gonna translate easily to live action CGI.
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Well I hope this goes smooth and turns out great. This was the one adaptation I wanted to see made, and think about a lot. Zelda games are one of the few I still play.

Thinking cinematically, I think the best cut-scene of the series was the most recent. The dragon finale in Tears of the Kingdom.
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Hmm. I am not a fan of the director's filmography, though I am looking forward to Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes. It's a bit of a conundrum for me.
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Steven Seagal as Gandondorf or I walk.

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I'm pretty surprised it seems like this is really happening. I'm cautiously optimistic, but not really sure how well Zelda will transition into a movie. Mario was pretty easy to do and even that had some controversy despite it's success. Now we actually have to have an actor and actress representing these characters in a live action movie? Even Link's outfit is so iconic but will it transition well into a movie? Even to this day Link doesn't speak which I actually think still works well in the games.

I'll definitely be there day one but this one will be a lot more challenging than Mario and I'm surprised they are tackling it this early in the NCU.
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Maze Runner franchise director Wes Ball is a huge fan of The Legend of Zelda and a major admirer of the animated movies by legendary Spirited Away filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki. Ball tells EW that he hopes both these passions will be evident in his planned adaptation of the beloved Nintendo video game series.

Ball describes his vision as "this awesome fantasy-adventure movie that isn’t like Lord of the Rings, it’s its own thing. I've always said, I would love to see a live-action Miyazaki. That wonder and whimsy that he brings to things, I would love to see something like that."

Nintendo announced in November that the company is developing a live-action Legend of Zelda film, centered on the sword-wielding character Link. Nintendo and Sony are co-producing the movie, with Derek Connolly (Jurassic World) writing the screenplay and Ball both directing and producing, the latter with Joe Hartwick Jr. Since 1986, there have been more than 25 different games in the series, usually centering on the hero Link, who wields the famed Master Sword and fights alongside the Hylian princess Zelda to protect their land from dark forces.

"It’s going to be awesome," Ball promises. "My whole life has led up to this moment. I grew up on Zelda and it is the most important property, I think, that’s untapped IP, if you will. So we very much are working hard to do something. We’re not just trying to do it because we can. We want to make something really special."

Ball is speaking to EW from New Zealand where he is currently overseeing postproduction on Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes, (out May 24, 2024), the first entry in the science-fiction franchise since 2017's Matt Reeves-directed War for the Planet of the Apes. The director hopes to shoot the video game adaptation after he is finished with his current monkey business.

"We’re working on the script, and whether it’s the next one or not, it’s hard to say exactly," he explains. "But certainly the plan is, after Apes is done, to have a little bit of a rest for a moment, and then dive into [Zelda] and hopefully give fans what they’re hoping for, and also invite new people in. I think Nintendo's desire is to introduce people to this world that’s been around for 40 years now."

Ball himself has long dreamed of bringing The Legend of Zelda to movie screens and even tweeted about his desire to do so way back in 2010 after seeing James Cameron's Avatar. "Since I could never even hope to have the chance to direct it... the next big mo-cap Avatar-like movie should be... THE LEGEND OF ZELDA," he wrote.

"You saw that tweet?" Ball asks, when EW raises the subject. "I had forgotten I’d even done it. Someone dug it up [after Ball was announced as the Zelda director] and they put it out there. I was like, oh yeah, cool, that makes sense. James Cameron’s one of the guys I look up to in terms of movies. He’s able to do big, giant spectacle, but he's still able to ground his stories in a way that is very relatable to broad audiences. Avatar inspired me to ultimately make my little short 'Ruin' that got me on to the Fox people, and they gave me the Maze Runner movies. From there it went to Planet of the Apes and ultimately to Zelda."
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As long as Miyamoto is involved, I'm more than interested.
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