Nintendo to Develop a live-action film based on The Legend of Zelda

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  • December 1, 2023
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Nintendo is making a live-action film based on its popular and loved video game, “The Legend of Zelda.” This statement was given by the Japanese company behind the Super Mario franchise.

Sony Pictures Entertainment and Nintendo are teaming up to make the film about “The Legend of Zelda.” Wes Ball, who is directing the new “Planet of the Apes” movie, will be in charge. Nintendo and Arad Productions Inc., known for the live-action Spider-Man films and led by Avi Arad, are working together to make the film.

The action demonstrates how Kyoto-based Nintendo plans to increase sales of its machines and software by utilizing a variety of business channels, such as theme parks, merchandising, and movies, and vice versa.

The plan worked! Nintendo’s cartoon movie, “The Super Mario Bros. Movie,” which came out this year, made over $1.3 billion and was watched by almost 170 million people all over the world.

President Shuntaro Furukawa, while talking to reporters online, mentioned that the company is happy about how well the Super Mario cartoon movie did. It’s the first movie Nintendo directly produced.

They didn’t say when the Zelda movie will come out yet. Shigeru Miyamoto, the Nintendo person in charge, mentioned it will be released when it’s good to go. He also said they have been working on it for around ten years.

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

On Tuesday, 7 Nov, Nintendo announced that its earnings for the first half of the fiscal year went up by 18%, reaching almost 271.3 billion yen (which is about $1.8 billion), compared to 230 billion yen the previous year.

Nintendo said that because the Super Mario movie did well, more people are buying their Switch consoles and games with Super Mario themes.

The new “Super Mario Bros. Wonder” game has been selling really well since it came out last month. They’ve sold a whopping 4.3 million copies in just two weeks, breaking records for how fast it’s flying off the shelves!

The newest Zelda game, “Tears of the Kingdom,” is doing great in sales. Nintendo is excited because they think the upcoming movie based on the game will get a boost from how much people love the game. In the game, a hero and a princess team up to fight against the villains.

The Nintendo Switch, which has been out for seven years, is still selling a lot, says Nintendo.

Nintendo hopes that more people will get to know their games and characters by setting up official stores, like temporary pop-up shops, theme parks, special events, and now even movies.

Nintendo has a new place called Nintendo World in Universal Studios Hollywood in the U.S., and they are going to make another one in Orlando. They are also going to make the park they already have in Japan bigger next year, and they will add a part just for Donkey Kong, who is another character from Nintendo. This news was shared by the officials.

Nintendo is going to open a museum all about its history and legacy in Kyoto, Japan, in March next year.

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About Nintendo

Nintendo, based in Kyoto, Japan, is famous for creating games like Mario, Donkey Kong, Zelda, Metroid, Pokémon, Animal Crossing, Pikmin, and Splatoon. They make gaming consoles like the Nintendo Switch and also create apps for phones. Nintendo has sold a lot of video games and gaming devices worldwide. They started with the Nintendo Entertainment System more than 30 years ago and still want to make fun and unique entertainment that makes people happy around the world.

About Arad Productions Inc. and Avi Arad

In 2006, Avi Arad started his own movie company called Arad Productions Inc. Before that, he was in charge of creative stuff at Marvel Entertainment and was the boss at Marvel Studios. Arad made the real-life Spider-Man movies and also worked on other Marvel characters like Iron Man and Venom. He even produced the animated movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which won an Academy Award.

About Sony Pictures Entertainment

Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a part of the Sony Group Corporation based in Tokyo. They do a lot of things like making and showing movies and TV shows worldwide. They also have TV networks, create digital content, run studio facilities, and come up with new entertainment stuff. Sony Pictures Television is part of it, and it owns or works with many production companies globally. The parts of SPE that make movies include Columbia Pictures, Screen Gems, TriStar Pictures, and others. They are responsible for bringing us a bunch of different movies.