Nintendo has officially announced the development of a live-action Legend of Zelda film. It will be handled by “Shigeru Miyamoto, Representative Director and Fellow of Nintendo, and Avi Arad, Chairman of Arad Productions Inc., who has produced many mega-hit films.”
Additionally, the film will be produced by Nintendo and Arad Productions Inc. and directed by Wes Ball, with worldwide theatrical distribution by Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.
Further, the movie has been confirmed to be co-financed by “Nintendo and Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., with more than 50% financed by Nintendo.”
The following statements were also provided:
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.
Miyamoto also shared the following comments via Nintendo Japan’s Twitter account:
“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.
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.”
Nintendo’s latest venture in film was the widely successful Super Mario Bros. animated movie, which has surpassed over $1 billion USD worldwide.
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