A Link to the Big Screen
With the Super Mario Bros Movie lighting up screens this year, and bringing in well over a billion big ones for the company, Nintendo has revealed that the next movie project is… The Legend of Zelda! No way!
In a press release today, the company revealed that Shigeru Miyamoto has been working with Avi Arad over the last few years to put together the film, which will now go into full production. While the Mario Bros were handled by Illumination, going live action is pushing Nintendo to work with Sony this time.
“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.”
With Nintendo focusing on family-based films, don’t expect something dark. Instead, and much like Mario, the film will probably follow the basic Zelda plot: boy wakes up, Zelda is captured by Ganon, who wants the Triforce. There are fairies and a Master Sword. By making a vanilla version of the franchise it’ll appeal to more people and, much like the preceding film, likely be a way for Nintendo to introduce and present the franchise historically.