What a bombshell we have just received. If all goes according to plan, after the success of the Super Mario Bros. movie, Nintendo and Universal will develop a joint The Legend of Zelda movie, which would arrive under the Illumination label. Undoubtedly, this is a very difficult challenge to pull off, but it makes perfect sense considering how well Breath of the Wild and the recent Tears of the Kingdom have performed.
If this film is made, it would be the first time that Nintendo has made a commitment to bring its most recognizable epic hero to the big screen. It is not surprising that it has taken so long to make such a decision, considering that we came from a time when Super Mario was synonymous with a very rare film that looked like a B-movie. But, now that the season has opened, it seems like the perfect time to do it.
The Legend of Zelda 3D movie that was proposed in 2007
However, over the years there have been alternative proposals with the idea of turning The Legend of Zelda into a movie. And one of the most talked about is a 3D version that even had a videopitch -a presentation trailer with a feature film proposal- that made it clear that this movie could have been made much earlier.
Specifically, we are talking about the work that Imagi Animation Studios, the animation studio behind Astro Boy (2009) and TMNT (2007) carried out in 2007. The studio wanted to make a Zelda movie, and for this purpose they prepared a small 3D short film in which they demonstrated how good something like this would be for this saga.
However, Nintendo never liked the proposal, and finally rejected it. The project came to nothing, and Imagi Animation Studios was unable to fulfill their dream of making a movie of the character. Nevertheless, it is worth taking a look at the previous work they carried out.
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