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Legend of Zelda Live-Action Film in Works with Maze Runner Director

Zelda filmNintendo will team up with producer Avi Arad and director Wes Ball to produce a live-action film based on its long-running series The Legend of Zelda.

That’s the word from the Big N itself, which says the film will be co-produced by Zelda creator Shigeru Miyamoto and Arad (Spider-Man: Across the Spider-verse, Uncharted).

Wes Ball is best known for the directing the Maze Runner series of films. His latest film, Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes, is currently in post-production for a 2024 release.

Nintendo’s press release reads:

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.

Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. movie, released earlier this year, is the 16th highest-grossing film of all time worldwide.

Source: ANN

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.