Live-action Zelda movie director wants it to be “serious and cool, but fun and whimsical”

Live-action Zelda

The live-action The Legend of Zelda movie director Wes Ball has finally slipped new details on the project, giving us an idea of the film’s overall feel.

Not much is actually known about the movie thus far outside the fact that it will be live-action, as opposed to Nintendo’s box-office animated hit The Super Mario Bros., which premiered last year.

“I have this awesome idea,” Ball said to Total Film (via Games Radar). “I’ve been thinking about it for a long freakin’ time, of how cool a Zelda movie would be… I want to fulfil people’s greatest desires. I know it’s important, this franchise, to people and I want it to be a serious movie. A real movie that can give people an escape.”

“That’s the thing I want to try to create – it’s got to feel like something real. Something serious and cool, but fun and whimsical,” Ball said.

Wes Ball is mostly known for directing The Maze Runner trilogy of films, which are based on the James Dashner novels of the same name. He’s also directing the upcoming fourth modern Planet of the Apes film, Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes.

The upcoming Zelda live-action film is being written by Derek Connolly, known for 2012’s Safety Not Guaranteed, 2015’s Jurassic World, 2022’s Jurassic World: Dominion, and the semi-live-action Pokemon: Detective Pikachu film.

The Legend of Zelda co-creator Shigeru Miyamoto and Arad Productions chairman Avi Arad are co-producing the film, while Nintendo and Sony are co-financing the movie. Nintendo is contributing over 50% of the film’s budget.

Editor’s Note: Featured image via Curious Refuge



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