After years of rumors and fan speculation, Nintendo finally confirms that ‘The Legend of Zelda’ series is receiving a live-action film!
Hot on the heels of 2023’s Mario movie, Nintendo seems to be on a bit of a film streak as of late. On November 7th, Shigeru Miyamoto, game director of Nintendo and one of the original Zelda designers, took to Twitter to officially announce the future release of the live-action Legend of Zelda film.
I have asked Avi-san to produce this film with me, and we have now officially started the development of the film with Nintendo itself heavily involved in the production. It will take time until its completion, but I hope you look forward to seeing it. https://t.co/2H9lzzS5Pv
— 任天堂株式会社 (@Nintendo) November 7, 2023
Miyamoto went on to elaborate in his short thread that he had chosen producer, Avi Arad, to help lead the project and that Nintendo itself was “heavily involved in the production”. The latter of these realizations being far less shocking, as Nintendo has long had a reputation for being extremely meticulous with their IP in film due to certain other Mario movies. The selection of Arad, however, was a surprise, as his producing history includes films such as both Venoms, Marvel’s Spider-Man trilogy, and Morbius.
Separate from Miyamoto’s thread, announcements trickled in online later the same day that Wes Ball, director of the Maze Runner franchise, had been tapped to direct the film.
A live-action ‘LEGEND OF ZELDA’ movie is in the works.
Wes Ball is set to direct with Avi Arad set to produce for Sony. pic.twitter.com/YIDN2ldfvE
— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) November 7, 2023
Needless to say, fans quickly took to Twitter to let their opinions be heard.
The person who wrote the lyrics to the Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures Opening is the same person who is producing the upcoming Legend of Zelda movie btw.
Just wanted to put that out there. https://t.co/xDvC3mmsVN
— Curiosity Man (@curiosityman2) November 11, 2023
> Legend of Zelda movie gets announced
> Producer is Avi Arad, whose live-action works include
Morbius, Uncharted, Ghost in the Shell.
> Writer is Derek Connolly, whose works include Rise of the Skywalker, the Jurassic World films, and Detective Pikachu
Oh god. pic.twitter.com/Zby55dBCFP
— RaitoADV – COMMISSIONS OPEN (@RaitoADV) November 8, 2023
Me after the end of the movie where link says “and that’s how I became a legend… the legend of Zelda” pic.twitter.com/1WfX9Tq4Sk
— artemis (@artemissapphic) November 7, 2023
This is the most monkeypaw outcome possible.
•LEGEND OF ZELDA MOVIE
•Avi Avrad. https://t.co/lqgVGR6N5U
— ☃️yehu🕎 (@comicyehu) November 7, 2023
Others, however, remain hopeful and are just glad to see Zelda finally getting its time on the silver screen.
THIS IS NOT A DRILL, THIS IS NOT CLICKBAIT
THIS IS REAL
NINTENDO HAS ANNOUNCED A LEGEND OF ZELDA MOVIE IN DEVELOPMENT pic.twitter.com/ej7kaF26O6
— HMK (@HMKilla) November 7, 2023
“This is Miyamoto. I have been working on the live-action film of The Legend of Zelda for many years now with Avi Arad-san, who has produced many mega hit films.” pic.twitter.com/xs60KxCTq1
— ava (@sidonlore) November 7, 2023
HEAR ME OUT — LIVE-ACTION LEGEND OF ZELDA MOVIE BUT WITH HIM AS THE BLUEPRINT pic.twitter.com/ZG55beyege
— 🌱 kaye ✵ (@sleepyHyliian) November 7, 2023
Then there was everybody else.
TIRED: The Legend of Zelda should be a Studio Ghibli anime movie
WIRED: The Legend of Zelda should be an Aardman Animation claymation movie pic.twitter.com/Pih9dqBhnu
— Abby Denton’s favorite Digimon is Koemon (@mizabitha) November 9, 2023
wow first trailer for the new live action The Legend of Zelda movie is looking pretty lit pic.twitter.com/b6R0gznKPI
— James Montagna (@JamesPopStar) November 8, 2023
— sita ⚡️ (@twilisita) November 7, 2023
OMG LEAKED BTS OF LIVE ACTION LEGEND OF ZELDA FILM pic.twitter.com/Hk5qvZEbVX
— sita ⚡️ (@twilisita) November 8, 2023
Thus, it seems like there is no solid agreement, among avid or casual fans alike, as to what will be expected when the film finally hits theaters in the coming years; so for now, we wait. At least we have a different, small-screened, version of Zelda to tide us over until then. Truly a masterpiece in its own right.