The Legend of Zelda, live-action film announced
Nintendo announced this evening, following the huge international success of the Super Mario Bros. animated film made in collaboration with Illumination, that it is working on a live-action film by The Legend of Zelda.
The film will be produced by Shigeru Miyamoto, Nintendo’s Representative Director, and Avi Arad, President of Arad Productions Inc. who has produced many successful films. The film will be produced by Nintendo and Arad Productions and directed by Wes Ball, director of the Maze Runner trilogy and Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes, due out in 2024. This project will also be co-funded by Nintendo and Sony Pictures Entertainment (the Kyoto-based company will finance more than 50 percent of the film), with the latter distributing it in theaters worldwide.
“By producing Nintendo IP visual content itself, Nintendo is creating new opportunities for people around the world to access the world of entertainment the company has built, through means other than its game consoles,” Nintendo said in a statement.
“By getting deeply involved in film production with the goal of making everyone smile through entertainment, Nintendo will continue to strive to produce unique entertainment and offer it to as many people as possible.”
“This is Miyamoto. For many years I have been working on the live-action film of The Legend of Zelda with Avi Arad-san, who has produced many highly successful films,” Miyamoto said in a brief statement. “I asked Avi-san to produce this film together with me, and now we have officially begun development of the film, with Nintendo itself heavily involved in the production. It will take some time before it is completed, but I hope you will look forward to seeing it.”