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NINTENDO GREENLIGHTS LIVE-ACTION LEGEND OF ZELDA MOVIE AFTER SUPER MARIO BROS. SUCCESS

Wes Ball's Vision: A cinematic odyssey into the world of Hyrule

10.12.2023
BY BRILIAN AKBAR
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Nintendo, known for its guarded approach to movie adaptations, has given the green light for a live-action Legend of Zelda film following the triumph of The Super Mario Bros. animated movie.

For years, Nintendo had rebuffed Hollywood's attempts at adapting its iconic video game franchises into movies, especially after the notorious failure of the 1993 Super Mario Bros. film. However, the success of Sonic the Hedgehog in 2020 prompted a change in Nintendo's stance, leading to the production and release of the highly successful Super Mario Bros. animated movie in 2023.

With the animated Super Mario Bros. film grossing an impressive $1.362 billion on a $100 million budget, Nintendo is now shifting its focus to Link from The Legend of Zelda, the company's second most well-known mascot.

Excitement among Nintendo fans reached a fever pitch when the announcement of a live-action Legend of Zelda movie surfaced. Maze Runner director Wes Ball, who is helming the project, shared his vision for the film, describing it as an "awesome fantasy-adventure" that pays homage to the wonder and whimsy of legendary filmmaker Miyazaki.

Ball expressed his passion for the project, stating, "My whole life has led up to this moment. I grew up on Zelda, and it is the most important property, I think, that’s untapped IP, if you will. We’re not just trying to do it because we can. We want to make something really special."

Co-produced by Nintendo and Sony, with Derek Connolly handling the script, the live-action Legend of Zelda movie is still in the early stages of development. Ball acknowledged that it's uncertain if the Zelda movie will be his next film, but the plan is to dive into the project after his current commitments.

"We’re working on the script, and whether it’s the next one or not, it’s hard to say exactly," Ball explained. "But certainly the plan is, after [Planet of the Apes] is done, to have a little bit of a rest for a moment, and then dive into [Zelda] and hopefully give fans what they’re hoping for, and also invite new people in."

The Legend of Zelda, known for its timeless narrative of good vs evil, light versus darkness, and the enduring theme of hope, has been a staple in the gaming world for 40 years. The central conflict revolves around Link's quest to save the realm of Hyrule from the malevolent wizard Ganon, with Zelda playing a crucial role in the battle to protect the Triforce of Wisdom.

As fans eagerly await further developments, the prospect of a live-action Legend of Zelda movie promises to be a groundbreaking venture into the beloved Nintendo universe, bringing the iconic characters and captivating story to a new and expansive audience.

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