The memes can finally be put to rest, and the A.I. generated images are no longer needed. For what has been a talking point since the inception of the internet, a Legend of Zelda movie, is officially confirmed. News of this broke from the father of Mario and many beloved Nintendo properties, Shigeru Miyamoto on Twitter/X in a Nintendo press release:
"This is Miyamoto", the thread begins. "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."
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. — 任天堂株式会社 (@Nintendo) November 7, 2023
Avi Arad, producer of many of the Marvel movies seen throughout the decade, such as Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse, Venom, and The Punisher. Arad also has his own production company, Arad Productions, which has served (and is serving) as the helm for anime and video game film adaptations like Ghost In The Shell, Metal Gear Solid, and Sony properties like Uncharted and Infamous. Yep, The Legend of Zelda will essentially be a joint project with Sony and Nintendo. Talk about killing your console wars talks.
"The film will be produced by Nintendo and Arad Productions Inc., and directed by Wes Ball", the press release reads. "The film will be co-financed by Nintendo and Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., with more than 50% financed by Nintendo. The theatrical distribution of the film will be done worldwide by Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc."
No casting has been announced, but expect the internet to pull those Chris Pratt jokes back out of the closet and hammer those into the ground. Between the United States and Canada, the Super Mario Bros. Movie shattered box office records, grossing $1.36 billion dollars, and making $574 million dollars in its opening week, becoming the fastest grossing video game-based movie of all time. Will the Legend of Zelda movie be the next one to break records? It's certainly going to break the internet.