Nintendo is working on a live-action Zelda movie

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Nintendo’s exploration of the film medium will persist, as the company has confirmed it has a live-action Zelda movie in the works. The movie even has director Wes Ball, known for his ‘Maze Runner’ trilogy and the upcoming ‘Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes.’

The plan is to bring in Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of Zelda, as the producer, a role he played in this year’s Super Mario Bros. movie. He will co-produce alongside long-time Marvel Studios producer Avi Arad.

In a statement posted on X, formerly Twitter, Miyamoto said he has been working on the live-action film of The Legend of Zelda for a long time now with “Avi Arad-san,” who has produced multiple mega-hit films.

We will have to wait a while

Miyamoto said it will take time to reach completion, but he hopes the audience looks forward to seeing it. We have a few details on the movie itself, but Nintendo has confirmed that the film will be co-financed by itself and Sony, with Nintendo accounting for more than 50% of the budget.

The announcement comes at a pivotal time for Nintendo, as the company has plans to transition to a broader entertainment company. The plan includes not just the Super Mario movie but also a series of theme park attractions.

This year saw the release of the latest sequel in the Zelda series, ‘Tears of the Kingdom.’

The move towards broader entertainment

In a statement about the Zelda film, the company said that by producing “new visual content of Nintendo IP by itself,” it will be creating new opportunities to have people from around the world access the world of entertainment it has built through means other than “its dedicated game consoles.”

Nintendo says that by getting closely involved in movie productions, it aims to ‘put smiles on everyone’s faces’ through entertainment. Nintendo intends to continue efforts to produce unique entertainment and bring it to as many people as it can.

There was a rumor not too long ago that Nintendo was working on a live-action Zelda series for Netflix, but that idea fell through.

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