The movie of Super Mario Bros. gave to Nintendo already illumination one of the biggest hits of 2023 in movie theaters, grossing more US$1,313 million Worldwide. With the confirmation that they plan to adapt more of their popular franchises of video gamethe rumors in Hollywood suggest that there is already a chosen one: The Legend of Zelda.
The creator of Mario and the creative head of the video game company Shigeru Miyamoto had confirmed that more films based on different Nintendo franchises are on the way. In an interview with the Japanese media Nikkei, Miyamoto anticipated that the next adaptation could focus on a different character. from nintendo. “Stay tuned for our next production,” said the video game designer and advanced: “Nintendo is like a talent agency, we have many other actors in our catalog.”
Now, a “good source” informed the specialized journalist Jeff Seneider that Nintendo is close to signing the contract with Universal for a movie based on The Legend of Zelda. “They told me that Universal is about to close a ‘big deal’ with Nintendo for Legend of Zelda. This looks like it will be the next big franchise from Nintendo and Illumination”he said on The Hot Mic podcast.
According to the reportthis contract will cost Universal more since, after the success of Super Mario Bros.Nintendo knows the value of its franchises for the big screen.
Zelda is undoubtedly the second most important franchise for Nintendo after Mario. His latest release, Tears of The Kingdom, is one of the most acclaimed games of 2023, selling more than 10 million copies in just three days and getting mostly perfect scores from critics.
The history of The Legend of Zelda has varied with its different iterations since 1986but fundamentally there are some pillars that remain: The protagonist is Linka brave young man who receives the call to adventure when he should rescue or assist the Princess Zelda to save the kingdom of hyrule of the evil plans Ganon. Over the years, the role of the princess was changing to fit a more prominent role currently. Something that has always been maintained is that Link must be a conduit for the players feel protagonists of adventure, exploration and combat.
Some years ago, rumors circulated of a series in the hands of Netflix but reports say that the leak of its existence caused Nintendo to cancel the project.
In May, during the company’s shareholders’ meeting, shuntaro furukawa, president of Nintendo, assured that the Super Mario Bros. movie had a positive impact on his business. “Mario merchandising sales have grownas well as the activity in classic games of the franchise that are available in the service of Nintendo Switch Online,” he explained.
“In the long term, we think that It will be a great way for people who haven’t played video games to become fans of Mario and Nintendo.” indicated and advanced: “Our plan is to work on a variety of visual content, as we did last year with the creation of Nintendo Pictures Co., Ltd. as subsidiary. We are happy with the success of the film, but we will remain focused on develop and expand each intellectual property carefully, respecting its own characteristics, as we have always done”.
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