published : 2023-11-09

The Legend of Zelda Set to Join Nintendo's Cinematic Universe with Upcoming Film Release

Nintendo Executive Reveals Decade-Long Project

A photo of a person cosplaying as Link, the iconic hero of 'The Legend of Zelda,' taken with a Nikon D850 camera.

Nintendo, the Japanese company behind the iconic Super Mario franchise, has announced that it is developing a live-action film based on its popular video game 'The Legend of Zelda.' The project, which has been in the works for a decade, marks a significant milestone for the company as it continues to expand its business beyond gaming.

The upcoming film will be directed by Wes Ball, renowned for his work on the 'Planet of the Apes' franchise, and will receive financial backing from Sony Pictures Entertainment in addition to Nintendo's own investment. Co-produced by Nintendo and Arad Productions Inc., led by Avi Arad, known for his involvement in the live-action Spider-Man films, the collaboration promises an exciting blend of creative talents.

This ambitious move reflects Nintendo's strategic approach of leveraging various aspects of its business, including theme parks, merchandising, and now movies, to enhance its overall market presence. By integrating its intellectual property into different mediums, the company aims to drive machine and software sales, creating a symbiotic relationship between its diverse ventures.

Nintendo's recent success with the animated film 'The Super Mario Bros. Movie,' which has grossed over $1.3 billion and attracted a global audience of nearly 170 million, further solidifies the power of the brand beyond gaming. As Mario's adventures captivated audiences worldwide, Nintendo is now ready to embark on a new cinematic journey with 'The Legend of Zelda.'

An image of Shigeru Miyamoto, the legendary Nintendo executive behind 'The Legend of Zelda' and other iconic games, taken with a Canon EOS R5 camera.

During a briefing, President Shuntaro Furukawa expressed the company's satisfaction with the reception of the Super Mario film and the innovative approach Nintendo brought as a direct producer. This positive response has not only translated into increased sales of Nintendo's Switch consoles but also boosted demand for game software featuring Super Mario themes.

Although the exact release date for the Zelda movie has not been announced, Nintendo executive Shigeru Miyamoto, the creative force behind the company for decades, offered assurance that it would only be revealed when the project is truly exceptional. Miyamoto acknowledges the devoted fan base of Zelda and emphasizes Nintendo's commitment to meet and exceed their expectations.

'I realize there are so many Zelda fans, and we cannot betray their expectations. That is a big hurdle. But we are ready,' said Miyamoto.

Building upon its successful legacy, Nintendo reported an impressive 18% increase in net profit for the first half of its fiscal year, amounting to nearly $1.8 billion. The success of the Super Mario film has also had a ripple effect on the sales of Nintendo's Switch consoles and game software, with the recently released 'Super Mario Bros. Wonder' game selling a record-breaking 4.3 million copies in just two weeks.

A snapshot of a crowded Nintendo theme park showcasing the immersive world of 'The Legend of Zelda,' taken with a Sony Alpha A7 III camera.

The Legend of Zelda franchise has enjoyed immense popularity, with the latest game, 'Tears of the Kingdom,' garnering significant acclaim and sales. With the planned movie, Nintendo aims to leverage the strong fan base and the gripping narrative of heroes and princesses battling against evil to create a truly captivating cinematic experience.

Beyond the realm of gaming and films, Nintendo continues to expand its reach through official stores, theme parks, and upcoming special events. In the United States, Nintendo World has already opened its doors at Universal Studios in Hollywood, with plans for another location in Orlando. The park in Japan will also be expanded next year, featuring a section dedicated to Donkey Kong, another beloved Nintendo character.

Additionally, Nintendo has an exciting venture lined up for next year—a museum paying tribute to its rich history and legacy in the ancient Japanese capital of Kyoto. This cultural landmark will offer visitors a deeper insight into Nintendo's journey and the impact it has made on the world of entertainment.

As Nintendo reveals its plans for 'The Legend of Zelda' film and continues to push boundaries with its cross-platform strategy, fans and enthusiasts can eagerly anticipate the next chapter in Nintendo's extraordinary universe, where captivating stories come to life on screens both big and small.