Will a “Legend of Zelda” movie ever make it to the big screen? Studios have been trying to get Nintendo to turn one of their most beloved franchises into a film adventure for years, but to no avail. Considering the poor rate of success video game adaptations have had in theaters, that’s no surprise, but that doesn’t stop us from wondering what could be.
Enter Imagi, the studio behind animated films “Astro Boy” and “TMNT.” In 2007, Imagi pitched Nintendo on an animated retelling of “The Legend of Zelda” that Nintendo ultimately turned down. But thanks to former Imagi DP and layout supervisor Adam Holmes, fans finally get to see the pitch (above) now.
Even though “Zelda” hasn’t been made into a film, it did get turned into an animated series than ran for 13 episodes in 1989. That show didn’t go over well, and is best known for Link’s incredibly overused catchphrase, “Excuuuuuuse me, Princess!” In today’s Hollywood, “The Legend of Zelda” would likely get the live action treatment, but until someone (like Nintendo) can actually get the story right for the big screen, we’d be perfectly happy with this franchise staying on our video game consoles.