Watch: 'Legend of Zelda' Animated Movie Pitch from Imagi Studios
For many years, fans have been waiting for Hollywood to bring The Legend of Zelda video game series from Nintendo to the big screen, but it just hasn't happened. Even after interest surged following an impressive but fake live-action trailer that IGN posted on April Fool's Day, a film version of the popular fantasy game hasn't come to fruition. However, that doesn't mean there haven't been attempts to make it happen. In fact, Imagi Studios, the animation company behind the films Astro Boy and most recent TMNT, crafted a pitch reel for an animated movie adaptation in 2007, and now that video is online. Watch!
Former Imagi DP and layout supervisor Adam Holmes posted the video online, and as of now, it's about as close as fans will get to a real Zelda movie. Nintendo has been known to be very stingy about their proprietary characters like Mario, Samus from Metroid, Kirby and more, and with this project, the film fell apart in the development stage because the video game company ended up turning it down. Honestly, the pitch doesn't look all that amazing, despite some decent animation taking cues from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess designs, so maybe it's all for the better. Still, can someone make a Zelda movie happen?