It’s been nearly a week since Nintendo announced plans to move forward with a live-action The Legend of Zelda movie. In the wake of Nintendo’s six-month financial result briefing last week, Nintendo held a question and answer session, during which Shigeru Miyamoto touched a little more on the situation and challenges surrounding adapting The Legend of Zelda into a live-action film.
“Regarding the live-action film of The Legend of Zelda, I know we face an extremely high hurdle in producing a film that will not disappoint the global fan base. With this challenge in mind, I have been discussing this project with Avi Arad, Chairman of Arad Productions Inc., for about 10 years. Movies are just like games, in that you need to spend a lot of time working on them until you get to something you’re satisfied with. Movies therefore need sponsors who can lend their full support until completion. For the production of our movies, Nintendo itself acts as a sponsor. To produce the movie, we were able to assemble a group of people who are willing to commit time to the production until we come up with something we feel confident about.”
From the above quote, it’s clear that Nintendo is aware of the public pressure to produce a film that fans around the world will enjoy, and has considered the difficulty involved in doing so.
Miyamoto goes on to cite his experience working with Chris Meledandri of Illumination on The Super Mario Bros. Movie until they were both satisfied with the film and assures that he and Avi Arad are similarly taking plenty of time to prepare the live-action The Legend of Zelda film.
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