Nintendo seems to have been emboldened by the success of the Super Mario movie as they are now delving into live-action with the announcement of a Legend of Zelda film.
Nintendo Japan’s official website released the news, with Representative Director and President Shuntaro Furukawa making the announcement in a press release.
Shigeru Miyamoto and Avi Arad (the Chairman of Arad Productions Inc.) will serve as producers, and Wes Ball was selected as the director. Nintendo and Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. are co-financing the movie, with Nintendo contributing more than 50%.
Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. will handle the theatrical distribution on a worldwide scale.
A quote from the website claims that “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.”
Many will be curious if the lore or characters will end up being altered for the sake of pushing an agenda, as many movies tend to do this now. There’s also the fact that video game movie adaptations tend to have a poor track record, but with the good performance of the Mario movie, some might have higher hopes for success.
There is currently no information as to which actors will play what characters, and no debut date has been clarified either.