Miyamoto’s Zelda Movie Vision Lingers for a Decade

# Shigeru Miyamoto Discusses Long-Awaited Legend of Zelda Movie

## A Decade in the Making

Shigeru Miyamoto, the highly esteemed Nintendo representative director and developmental icon, has been engaged in a decade-long conversation about bringing the beloved franchise “The Legend of Zelda” to the silver screen. During a Q&A session with Nintendo investors, he openly discussed the challenges of producing a live-action movie that lives up to the expectations of its global fanbase.

Working alongside producer Avi Arad, the president of Arad Productions and the former founder and CEO of Marvel Studios, Miyamoto has been committed to the idea of a Zelda movie for roughly 10 years. Despite the time invested, he acknowledged the considerable “high hurdle” they face in creating a successful adaptation.

## Live-Action Adaptation Hurdles

Miyamoto addressed the inherent difficulty in translating the rich world of “The Legend of Zelda” into a film format. “Talking about The Legend of Zelda live-action movie, I know that we face a very big obstacle when it comes to producing a movie that will not disappoint fans around the world,” Miyamoto expressed. The importance of meeting the fans’ expectations has been a critical consideration in the ongoing discussions with Arad.

The Nintendo legend draws parallels between creating memorable video games and producing impactful films, acknowledging the importance of dedication and attention to detail in both mediums. Drawing from Nintendo’s experience with blockbuster video games like “Breath of the Wild” and “Tears of the Kingdom,” he suggests that a similar development philosophy could lead to success in the film industry.

## The Intersection of Gaming and Cinematography

Miyamoto emphasizes that “Movies are like games, in the sense that you need to spend a lot of time working on them until you get something you’re happy with.” This perspective highlights the shared creative processes between game development and filmmaking.

Recognizing the financial support necessary for such creative endeavors, Miyamoto reveals that Nintendo serves as a sponsor for their film productions. The company’s involvement ensures a dedicated team is brought together, committed to working until the final product is satisfactory and meets the high standards set by Nintendo’s gaming legacy.

## Partnerships and Production

The venture into filmmaking for Nintendo is not solitary. Sony Pictures Entertainment has partnered with the gaming giant, co-financing the Zelda movie and handling its theatrical distribution. With “Maze Runner” director Wes Ball at the helm and “Jurassic World” screenwriter Derek Connolly crafting the script, the film has a robust creative team poised to bring the Hyrule universe to life.

## Previous Successes and Expectations

Nintendo has already tasted cinematic triumph with “The Super Mario Bros. Movie,” which garnered critical acclaim and exceeded one billion dollars in global box office revenue. This success story, now the highest-grossing film based on a video game and the second highest-grossing animated film of all time, provides a promising precedent for the Zelda film. Netflix subscribers can also look forward to streaming “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” soon.

Although specific details surrounding the Zelda movie’s storyline and casting have yet to be released, speculation abounds, and the director’s previous musings about the project on social media 13 years ago indicate a well of ideas ready to be explored.

As fans of the “The Legend of Zelda” series anticipate its cinematic interpretation, the commitment and passion behind the scenes from industry veterans like Miyamoto and Arad suggest that the high standards of the gaming titles may very well be reflected in the film adaptation. With no release date in sight, the anticipation continues to build for what could be another landmark Nintendo movie.

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