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Even the director of the Legend of Zelda games wants a movie adaptation

08.10.2011

With all the crappy games being adapted into crappy movies, I'm still a little shocked that "The Legend of Zelda," probably one of the best video game franchises of all-time, still hasn't been made into a movie. Nintendo has been fiercely protective of the rights and despite numerous courtships over the years, has turned down all comers. But why? Are they still feeling burned over SUPER MARIO BROS? I think we can all admit we'd love to see a big-budget ZELDA movie and that includes the game's director Eiji Aonuma.

Aonuma, who has directed all of the "Zelda" games dating back to "Ocarina of Time," told Nintendo Power that he dreams of a movie based on the games. "I always thought it would be really cool to have a real Zelda movie, something really grand and sweeping," Aonuma said.

The problem is that "Zelda" is one of Nintendo's flagship properties and one highly respected within the gaming industry. Since the games are so well-received ("Ocarina" is still rightly regarded as one of the best video games of all-time), perhaps Nintendo is nervous about tarnishing the game's legacy and would want to exert an exceptional amount of creative control over the final product (something that wound up killing the HALO movie at Fox and Universal).

But Aonuma is just like all those cosplaying fans who make their own "Zelda" fan films. "There are those days when I fantasize about how cool it would be if [a movie] would happen sometime in the future." It doesn't seem like it's happening any time in our near future but maybe Aonuma (who is hard at work developing the next "Zelda" game, "Skyward Swords") can help convince Nintendo it's the right move.

Source: Zelda Informer

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4:04AM on 08/11/2011

get...

Peter Jackson...and that short dude, one of the hobbits and a fucking astronomical budget. It could work.
Peter Jackson...and that short dude, one of the hobbits and a fucking astronomical budget. It could work.
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4:01AM on 08/11/2011
I saw this a while ago and wondered why the fuck is a zelda movie looking so lame?
I saw this a while ago and wondered why the fuck is a zelda movie looking so lame?
11:05PM on 08/10/2011
Lets just not let Paul WS Anderson go near it I dont wanna see Milla Jovovich playing Zelda.
Lets just not let Paul WS Anderson go near it I dont wanna see Milla Jovovich playing Zelda.
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8:22PM on 08/10/2011

I'll only see the movie under one condition

If Link says this: [link]
If Link says this: [link]
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7:36AM on 08/11/2011
Thisi s one of the best things ever. Thanks for sharing!
Thisi s one of the best things ever. Thanks for sharing!
6:56PM on 08/10/2011

I've been saying this forever...

Just get the people who direct the video games and their trailers and write them to do actual movies on them. No way it can fail because you've got the people who done it behind it.
Just get the people who direct the video games and their trailers and write them to do actual movies on them. No way it can fail because you've got the people who done it behind it.
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4:39PM on 08/10/2011

This needs to not happen....

....Ever.
....Ever.
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4:35PM on 08/10/2011

Which Link?

I wouldn't mind seeing a Zelda flick, but only if Link is portrayed as a kid. The idea for the game spawned from the creator exploring around his house when he was young and I think that's essential for capturing the wonder of Hyrule. Then flip the script and gimme a teen Link (possibly even a different character) for the sequel.
I wouldn't mind seeing a Zelda flick, but only if Link is portrayed as a kid. The idea for the game spawned from the creator exploring around his house when he was young and I think that's essential for capturing the wonder of Hyrule. Then flip the script and gimme a teen Link (possibly even a different character) for the sequel.
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2:38PM on 08/10/2011
This could make a very good movie, but as far as VG adaptations go, it would probably be a mess.
This could make a very good movie, but as far as VG adaptations go, it would probably be a mess.
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2:16PM on 08/10/2011
While I'm going to be realistic and outright oppose this film, IF it did have to be made, I hope they don't try to make it look like LotR with its washed out colors. The Zelda universe is extremely colorful and charming. And I also oppose casting a prettyboy as Link, despite his modern redesign. I prefer someone who could pull of something akin to the way Link looked in the old games when he had a round nose and super long sideburns dangling off the sides of his face.
While I'm going to be realistic and outright oppose this film, IF it did have to be made, I hope they don't try to make it look like LotR with its washed out colors. The Zelda universe is extremely colorful and charming. And I also oppose casting a prettyboy as Link, despite his modern redesign. I prefer someone who could pull of something akin to the way Link looked in the old games when he had a round nose and super long sideburns dangling off the sides of his face.
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12:17PM on 08/10/2011
Well, I'd certainly enjoy the film a lot more than the repetitive games they keep releasing. Seriously, a film might actually help make the series interesting again.
Well, I'd certainly enjoy the film a lot more than the repetitive games they keep releasing. Seriously, a film might actually help make the series interesting again.
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11:57AM on 08/10/2011
I just don't trust Hollywood with Video Game properties. They never take them seriously. And there's too much to define in Zelda. For example, what would Link sound like? (Shiver)
I just don't trust Hollywood with Video Game properties. They never take them seriously. And there's too much to define in Zelda. For example, what would Link sound like? (Shiver)
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11:53AM on 08/10/2011
Shhh...Aonuma. Please don't give Hollywood any ideas!
Shhh...Aonuma. Please don't give Hollywood any ideas!
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11:46AM on 08/10/2011

Maybe

Maybe if they made it into an anime or at least animated in some way it could be okay. Figure out an artsy way of keeping Link a mute and still capturing the tone of the games. I don't see any reason for it though? It's cinematic enough as is.
Maybe if they made it into an anime or at least animated in some way it could be okay. Figure out an artsy way of keeping Link a mute and still capturing the tone of the games. I don't see any reason for it though? It's cinematic enough as is.
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2:17PM on 08/10/2011
Give it to PIXAR!
Give it to PIXAR!
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11:22AM on 08/10/2011
As much as I love the Zelda games, it doesn't need a movie. The previous terrible game-to-movie transitions aside, Zelda doesn't work. For one, Link is a mute; if you give him a voice you tarnish the character's motif. It's just like Gordon Freeman from Half-Life; if you give him a voice, it ruins the first-person experience. If this does eventually happen, they need to tread carefully, since Zelda fanboys like myself will be hounding for quality assurance.
As much as I love the Zelda games, it doesn't need a movie. The previous terrible game-to-movie transitions aside, Zelda doesn't work. For one, Link is a mute; if you give him a voice you tarnish the character's motif. It's just like Gordon Freeman from Half-Life; if you give him a voice, it ruins the first-person experience. If this does eventually happen, they need to tread carefully, since Zelda fanboys like myself will be hounding for quality assurance.
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