Nintendo and Sony team up for epic The Legend of Zelda movie after Super Mario Bros.' success

    Wes Ball is slated to direct the live-action project in partnership with Sony and Nintendo. He is known for his work on the Maze Runner film franchise.

    The Legend of Zelda (Source: Eurogamer)

    The Legend of Zelda (Source: Eurogamer)

    The Legend of Zelda Ventures to the Silver Screen: Nintendo and Sony Join Forces After Super Mario Bros. Success. Wes Ball, acclaimed for his work on the Maze Runner trilogy, is set to direct the live-action production, in collaboration with Sony as the distributor.

    This film project, backed by Nintendo and Avi Arad's Arad Productions, Inc., will be jointly financed by the gaming giant and Sony, following the $1 billion triumph of the Super Mario Bros. Movie.

    Official Commencement of Film Development:

    Nintendo's representative director and collaborator, Shigeru Miyamoto, who is taking on the role of producer for the movie, shared on X this Tuesday that he and Arad have dedicated several years to planning a live-action adaptation. Miyamoto further revealed, "We have officially embarked on the film's development, with Nintendo playing a significant role in production. While it will take some time to reach completion, I eagerly anticipate your excitement for its release."

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    Ball marked his feature directorial debut with 2014's The Maze Runner, successfully guiding the adaptation of James Dashner's dystopian novels across three movies, with each installment expanding the storyline. His upcoming project promises to be his most ambitious venture yet - a new installment in the Planet of the Apes franchise. Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes is set to hit theaters on May 24, 2024.

    Zelda: Nintendo's Timeless Gem Since 1986

    With roots dating back to its inaugural game in 1986, The Legend of Zelda stands as one of Nintendo's most cherished franchises. Throughout the years, these fantasy-inspired games have consistently woven tales of bravery, typically centering around a young hero named Link. 

    His quest is to rescue the Kingdom of Hyrule and its often-heroic princess, the eponymous Zelda. Link's formidable adversary is the malevolent Ganon, whose ambition is to assemble the three pieces of the Triforce, granting him unparalleled power.

    Renowned for pushing the boundaries of storytelling and technology, titles like 2017's The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and its 2022 sequel Tears of the Kingdom are hailed as some of the greatest video games of all time. To date, the main series boasts a remarkable 20 titles.

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    Netflix made an attempt to bring The Legend of Zelda to the small screen in the form of an animated series back in 2015, but the project never came to fruition. Interestingly, The Legend of Zelda was previously adapted into an American animated series in 1989.