Wes Ball is currently gearing up for the release of his Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes, but it looks like he’s going to be jumping into the world of Hyrule in the next few years.
As announced by Nintendo, Ball is now attached to direct a live-action adaptation of the Legend of Zelda franchise. The film will be produced by Nintendo and Arad Productions Inc. (as in Avi Arad of the Spider-Man movies), with Nintendo providing more than 50% of the financing and Sony Pictures in charge of the distribution.
We don’t have any more specifics like casting, or even concept art, but based on what we’ve seen from the Maze Runner films and the upcoming Planet of the Apes movie, Ball does know how to tackle some huge worlds with some high-end digital effects.
After the massive success of the Super Mario Bros. animated movie, a lot of people had speculated that Nintendo would start opening up their IP to even more adaptations; and The Legend of Zelda was everyone’s guess for the next upcoming film. Though I was expecting the feature to be animated, it does seem that Ball already has a good idea of what he wants the movie to be. After all, he did say it was his dream project way back in 2010.
Wes Ball tweeted about his hopes to direct ‘LEGEND OF ZELDA’ over 13 years ago.
He is now attached to direct the live-action film. pic.twitter.com/VmSYNJDWhd
— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) November 7, 2023
As for Zelda, the games have been known to reboot its story with every entry, so we can expect the movie to do the same with its timeline. They just have to set it in Hyrule, and have Link, Zelda, and Ganon as central characters. Hopefully we get a look at it sometime next year.
The Legend of Zelda movie is yet to have a release date.