Nintendo and Illuminati Studio’s partnership has brought about the success of the animated feature film, Super Mario Bros The Movie. The movie, released on April 5th, quickly dominated the box office and surpassed other video game adaptations to become the highest grossing film of its kind. Since then, it has exceeded a billion dollars of international revenue.
This achievement has resulted in rumors circulating around future films with Donkey Kong or Luigi in the lead role. However, it is Link, the beloved hero of The Legend of Zelda franchise, that executives at Nintendo are eyeing as their next potential blockbuster character.
During an interview with Polygon, executive producer Eiji Aonuma and game director Hidemaro Fujibayashi expressed their interest in seeing Link on the big screen. This echoes the sentiments of Nintendo’s creative director Shigeru Miyamoto, who described the company as a “talent agency” full of possibilities.
As fans await news of a potential Legend of Zelda film, they can take comfort in the success of Super Mario Bros The Movie. Its popularity has opened doors for other video game adaptations and, most importantly, has proven that there is a market for these types of films.
Whether or not a film featuring Link becomes a reality, it is clear that Nintendo is interested in exploring the possibilities now available to them. As with any adaptation, fans will be curious to see how their beloved hero is portrayed and, perhaps even more importantly, how the world of Hyrule will be brought to life on the big screen.
Nintendo and Illuminati Studio have proven that video game adaptations can be successful and engaging, and with a character like Link at their disposal, the possibilities truly are endless.
So, keep an eye out for news of a Legend of Zelda film and, in the meantime, don’t hesitate to revisit one of your favorite Nintendo games to relive the adventures of Link in the world of Hyrule.