It was only a matter of time, but it’s finally happening. Nintendo has officially announced that a live-action The Legend of Zelda film is in the works. The news definitely came out of nowhere but it made my day…until who’s involved.
Here’s what Nintendo has posted about the announcement:
Nintendo Co., Ltd. (HQ: Kyoto Minami-ku; Representative Director and President: Shuntaro Furukawa, “Nintendo” hereafter) today announced that it will develop a live-action film of The Legend of Zelda.
The film will be produced by Shigeru Miyamoto, Representative Director and Fellow of Nintendo and Avi Arad, Chairman of Arad Productions Inc., who has produced many mega hit films.
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.
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.
By getting deeply involved in the movie production with the aim to put smiles on everyone’s faces through entertainment, Nintendo will continue its efforts to produce unique entertainment and deliver it to as many people as possible.
The complete shock I got seeing that Avi Arad and Sony Pictures are involved in making this movie. Why didn’t Nintendo just ask Universal? I like to keep an open mind when it comes to films and tv, but not this.
I honestly don’t know what else to say, even now I just got PTSD about Uncharted. Is Avi Arad going to say “The Kids like Venom, so let’s make it fuse with Ganondorf,” because I feel like that’s what Sony would allow. Being a long-time fan of TLoZ, this news was not great.