A Zelda movie is an obvious and unavoidable choice… But Nintendo has to be very careful when it comes to choosing who makes it.
Rumors continue to emerge claiming that the next film from Nintendo and Illumination it will be about the saga The Legend of Zelda. It is what the fans ask for, but this collaboration leaves us very worried.
Nintendo’s first film, Super Mario Bros. The Movie, has been a blockbuster. It is the highest grossing film of the year, with 1,313 million dollarsand has already entered the Top 20 of all time.
It has also risen to third position as the best animated film in history at the box office, after The Lion King and Frozen II. Normally, Nintendo embarked on a sequel, but rumors of a radical change continue to emerge.
The desired Zelda movie may be close
If there’s a Nintendo franchise nearly as popular and revered as Mario’s, it’s it. The Legend of Zelda. Her latest game, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (Analysis), has sold 10 million copies in just a few days. Also created by Shigeru Miyamoto, the Zelda saga is a very different proposition.
On John Rocha’s The Hot Mic podcast, they again suggest that the next film from Nintendo Pictures and Illumination will be focused on the Zelda saga. And that can be a problem.
Mario adapts like a glove to the philosophy of Illumination. It is a very westernized saga (Mario is an Italian plumber), and its games and plots are full of gags and humorous situations. That essence moved to Super Mario Bros The Movie, where the plot is left a bit aside to focus on fan service and gags.
Illumination She’s very good at it, we’ve seen it in her Minions movies as well. But, Do you have the ability to make a Zelda movie true to the style and feel of the saga?
Zelda is a story of epic and dramatic fantasy. There are moments of humor, but no gags as such. Link and Zelda’s platonic relationship is sentimental and melodramatic, condemned to always be apart in the different Eras of Time, in order to save the world.
It’s a lore and a state of mind that will adapt better to Japanese animation companies. A Zelda movie should be more like a anime than to an American blockbuster. And of course, it shouldn’t be humorous or full of gags. With a more complex and layered plot than Illumination usually develops. Are you ready for it?
maybe Illumination surprise us, and manage to make a film faithful to the saga. But it will not be an anime nor will it have that Japanese temperament that is essential in Zelda.
It seems that the next Nintendo and Illumination film will be The Legend of Zelda, and that leaves us a little worried. But you have to give them the benefit of the doubt. Illumination is a studio with talent. We fans just ask that you don’t kill the spirit of Zelda…