Live Action The Legend of Zelda Movie in Development

Wes Ball is handling directing duties!

By Robert Marrujo. Posted 11/09/2023 13:02 Comment on this     ShareThis

With the success of The Super Mario Bros. Movie, it was only a matter of time before Nintendo’s other intellectual properties got the film treatment. Now, we have learned that The Legend of Zelda will be the next Nintendo franchise to head to the silver screen, but this time as a live action adaption. Here’s the announcement from Nintendo:

Development of a Live-Action Film of The Legend of Zelda to Start

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.

Wes Ball was the director of The Maze Runner, among other films, while Avi Arad is a name many early Marvel film fans will remember thanks to films like Spider-Man, X-Men, and Blade. There’s certainly some solid pedigree here, not to mention the continued intimate involvement of Nintendo in the creation process.

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Source: Nintendo of America Press Release

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