Live-Action LEGEND OF ZELDA Movie Officially In The Works; Director And Writer Attached

Live-Action LEGEND OF ZELDA Movie Officially In The Works; Director And Writer Attached Live-Action LEGEND OF ZELDA Movie Officially In The Works; Director And Writer Attached

A live-action movie based on Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda video games is officially in the works at Sony Pictures, with Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes director Wes Ball attached to helm...

By MarkCassidy - Nov 08, 2023 07:11 AM EST
Filed Under: Video Games
Source: Via GameFragger.com

Link is finally headed to big screen!

The massive success of The Super Mario Bros. Movie led to rumors that Universal and Illumination were looking at another Nintendo classic to adapt, and we now have word that a Legend of Zelda movie is in the works.

This probably won't come as much of a surprise, but there are a few unexpected details to the announcement.

The project is actually being developed at Sony Pictures, and it's going to a live-action adaptation! Gaming legend and franchise creator Shigeru Miyamoto took to Nintendo’s official X/Twitter account to confirm the news.

“This is Miyamoto. 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.”

The movie will be helmed by Wes Ball, who directed The Maze Runner and the upcoming Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes. Derek Connolly (Jurassic World) is writing the script.

Ball actually sent out the following Tweet back in 2010.

Casting is likely still a while off, but insider Daniel Richtman believes they are searching for a younger actor to play Link, so we can probably forget about Spider-Man star Tom Holland (who tends to be fan-cast as the character) landing the role.

For the uninitiated, the series is set in the fictional land of Hyrule, and tell the story of an adventurer named Link (who looks a lot like an Elf but is actually a member of the Hylian race) as he attempts to rescue Princess Zelda from the clutches of the evil wizard, Ganon.

The games have spawned everything from comics, to toys, to a short lives animated series, and Zelda is one of the most popular, revered properties out there.

There have been several earlier attempts to adapt the property, and back in 2018, we heard that a live-action series from Castlevania's Adi Shankar was in the works for Netflix, but we haven't had any solid update since.

The film will be produced by Miyamoto, and Avi Arad, Chairman of Arad Productions Inc., who has produced many mega hit films. The movie 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.

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AquaClunge - 11/8/2023, 7:12 AM
Take
My
Money
Now!

AquaClunge - 11/8/2023, 7:14 AM
@TheClunges - who would make a good ganondwarf?

I don't want to say irdris Elba but we need someone with gravitas....Brolin would be good too but I'm not sure if he's tall enough.

The1st - 11/8/2023, 10:54 AM
@TheClunges - Liev...maybe
BassMan - 11/8/2023, 7:13 AM
Man I hope Sony doesn’t screw this up
AquaClunge - 11/8/2023, 7:16 AM
@BassMan - I shouldn't be triggered by this but I am, well done sir!😠🤬😡
AquaClunge - 11/8/2023, 7:17 AM
@BassMan - wait a minute I didn't read the last part 😅😭😭😭

You're right 🤣😭😭😭
MaxPaint - 11/8/2023, 7:18 AM
@BassMan - Link is finally going to say "it's morbin time!" right before slaying ganondorf.
Origame - 11/8/2023, 7:14 AM
Well, guess that smash bros movie ain't happening.

Unless we're gonna see Chris pratt slap on those overalls in live action.
Scarilian - 11/8/2023, 7:15 AM
Avi Arad is a mixed bag, but as long as Miyamoto has full creative control to prevent another 'girl boss' plotline like what the studios wanted to do with the Mario movie (Peach was going to be the hero while Mario was going to be pathetic requiring being saved all the time)

Fingers crossed.
mountainman - 11/8/2023, 8:46 AM
@Scarilian - Miyamoto saved Mario from a terrible fate of over modernization. Sounds like the One Piece creator did something similar at Netflix.

Creatives have to maintain creative control over their property adaptation. Modern Hollywood has ruined so many properties already and they will do the same thing to every IP they can get their hands on if they can.
ninerstreet - 11/8/2023, 7:16 AM
You lost me at Avi Arad
videovac - 11/8/2023, 8:32 PM
"You lost me at Avi Arad" - @ninerstreet

Oh nooooo...

Please God no say it ain't so.
ExSOLDIER - 11/8/2023, 7:16 AM
This better be in the movie!

?
MaxPaint - 11/8/2023, 7:19 AM
I trust Nintendo, they do care about their projects, they will override whatever incompetence Sony may present.
videovac - 11/8/2023, 8:45 PM
"I trust Nintendo, they do care about their projects, they will override whatever incompetence Sony may present." - @MaxPaint

Please be right.
TheBigLebowski - 11/8/2023, 7:25 AM
First Illumination, now Sony! Loving Nintendo's decisions here
Superheromoviefan - 11/8/2023, 7:30 AM
come oon now, we have other franchises better for adaptions obiously. like minecraft or fall guys
jokes aside, [frick]ING FINALLY!!!
Spoken - 11/8/2023, 7:30 AM
From the producer that brought you Morbius!
Superheromoviefan - 11/8/2023, 7:33 AM
@Spoken - and both Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Across the Spider-Verse
Spoken - 11/8/2023, 7:37 AM
@Superheromoviefan - And Daredevil (2003), and Elektra and Fantastic Four (2005) and X-Men 3 and Spider-Man 3 and Fantastic Four ROTSS and Ghost Rider and Bratz, Robosapien and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Venom and Venom Let There Be Carnage

Yeah he truly cares about the “source material”
FlopWatchers5 - 11/8/2023, 8:09 AM
@Spoken - 😂😂 a persons resume is everything. people love cherry picking.
OleBobbyTiger - 11/8/2023, 10:09 AM
@Superheromoviefan - Are Lord and Miller writing and directing this movie? If not, those aren't relevant.
GhostDog - 11/8/2023, 7:31 AM
Avi Arad….yikes
IronMan616 - 11/8/2023, 7:46 AM
In this era of film making? UGH. The casting is going to be, how do you say, divisive. And then there's the "problematic" princesses that needs saving, but probably won't in this movie.

Any other era, I'd be excited.
bkmeijer1 - 11/8/2023, 8:21 AM
@IronMan616 - I think the Mario movie handled the princess angle quite well. The change worked well within the story, so a change in Zelda's story could work too
mountainman - 11/8/2023, 8:48 AM
@bkmeijer1 - Mario did have a good balance. Modernized a few things without doing the typical modern Hollywood “reimagining”.

malschla - 11/8/2023, 9:02 AM
@bkmeijer1 - does it need to be changed, though?
bkmeijer1 - 11/8/2023, 9:19 AM
@malschla - kinda. I like it when adaptations try something new, because if it's just a rehash I might as well pick up the original story
SATW42 - 11/8/2023, 10:07 AM
@IronMan616 - Tell me you don't know about the source material without telling me you don't know about he source material. Zelda is far more than just a damsel in distress, You'd be shocked to find out that her being active in her own story (The Legend of Zelda) dates back as far as 1998(oh what a woke era that was!) where she was disguised as bad ass Sheik in the Ocarina of time, largely regarded as THE BEST GAME IN THE SERIES.

That's assuming they don't look to continue the Breath of the Wild/Tears of the Kingdom story, where once again, she has an active role in her own story (moreso in Tears)
malschla - 11/8/2023, 10:28 AM
@bkmeijer1 - So, it doesn't need to be... you would just prefer it. I don't see anything wrong with the story.
IronMan616 - 11/8/2023, 10:44 AM
@SATW42 - Yeah, even if she isn't a damsel in distress, the casting is surely going to suck.
bkmeijer1 - 11/8/2023, 10:48 AM
@malschla - yeah, pretty much. Think it works to a movie's benefit as well (i.e. it being a rehash doesn't do it any favors critically or receptionally). But at the end of the day it does indeed come done to preference
malschla - 11/8/2023, 11:31 AM
@bkmeijer1 - I think the characters have enough variability in the games (I mean, come on, there is no real continuity). Any adaptation will likely fit at least one characterization from all the games.
videovac - 11/8/2023, 8:43 PM
"@IronMan616 - Tell me you don't know about the source material without telling me you don't know about he source material. Zelda is far more than just a damsel in distress, You'd be shocked to find out that her being active in her own story (The Legend of Zelda) dates back as far as 1998(oh what a woke era that was!) where she was disguised as bad ass Sheik in the Ocarina of time, largely regarded as THE BEST GAME IN THE SERIES.

That's assuming they don't look to continue the Breath of the Wild/Tears of the Kingdom story, where once again, she has an active role in her own story (moreso in Tears)" - @SATW42

You said it yourself - "DISGUIIIIIISED".....

Zelda was DISGUISED as Sheik, while still coming up the visage and image as a princess in distress whose kingdom needed saving. She didn't call herself Sheik throughout the entire game? She wasn't Sheik from the very beginning all the way through to the very end!

Ocarina is your example, it was your first example, even before you brought up the modern/recent Zelda games. You wanna make Zelda modern? Have at it. The basis is there. Breath and Tears are right there. We all know Zelda is as bad-ass as Chun Li now, at this point. But this ain't, just like the Mario movie before it, focused on one and one specific version only of these characters. No doubt they're gonna have an "as-balanced-as-they-can-make-it" version of the Zelda cast.
Superspecialawesomeguy - 11/8/2023, 8:15 AM
Never really got into Zelda but having the creator involved is always a good sign imo.

Avi Arad being involved on the other hand...



bkmeijer1 - 11/8/2023, 8:20 AM
Not the biggest fan of it being live-action to be honest. Zelda has quite a unique style that I think works great for an animation movie as well.

Mario proved animated game movies can be a success, and Arcane and the Spider-Verse movies have proven unique animation styles work just as well (if not better).
SATW42 - 11/8/2023, 10:08 AM
@bkmeijer1 - My initial thought too, but I also really kinda want to see what a live action version could look like so I'm torn.
bkmeijer1 - 11/8/2023, 10:13 AM
@SATW42 - I think it can work in live-action just as well, but I do wanna see it try some visually stylystic stuff. Otherwise it runs a risk of just looking like any other fantasy movie
Himura - 11/8/2023, 1:23 PM
@bkmeijer1 - I think Hollywood's definition of "live action" is very different nowadays. It could still be entirely CG like The Lion King remake and they'll still call it live-action lol
bkmeijer1 - 11/8/2023, 2:22 PM
@Himura - photorealistic is probably the better term for the Lion King I suppose. But yeah, they can still insert animated effects or something like that
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