As the conversation surrounding a potential Legend of Zelda movie adaptation intensifies, IGN has taken the opportunity to spotlight some stunning examples of fan-created concept movie posters for the iconic series.
The Super Mario Bros. movie has now earned well over $1 billion dollars at the global box office, making it one of the most profitable animated movies ever made. In light of its success, its more than a little likely that other popular Nintendo IPs will make the jump to the silver screen.
Regarding the potential of a Legend of Zelda movie adaptation, Tears of the Kingdom producer Eiji Aonuma responded: “I have to say, I am interested, for sure. But it’s not just me being interested in something that makes things happen, unfortunately." The title's director Hidemaro Fujibayashi then added: “maybe the voice of the fans is what’s important here."
Well it turns out that fans have been asking for a movie adaptation for quite some time now, with some artists going so far as to create gorgeous concept movie posters, many of which simultaneously pay tribute to iconic pieces of movie art. Here’s a selection of just a few of the excellent fan created movie posters that have been created over the years.
Marinko Milosevski, the talent behind the fantastic Red Dead Redemption 2 key art, has in the past created a series of stylised conceptual movie posters for entries in The Legend of Zelda franchise. These posters, along with those made for a range of ther IPs including Metroid Prime, Ico, Shadow of the Colossus, and Super Mario, can all be viewed on Milosevski’s website.
— Emma Hunter (@Emma_Pixel) June 13, 2014
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Created by Marinko Milosevski pic.twitter.com/kHir0rmNza
— Pixalry (@Pixalry) July 31, 2017
— Lord Arse! 🕹️ (@Lord_Arse) June 27, 2018
Christopher Ryzbul meanwhile decided to recreate the scene captured in Katsuhiro Otomo’s iconic Akira poster by crafting a bike from zonai parts using Link’s ultrahand ability. Elsewhere artists took a different approach by rendering posters in a range of ecclectic styles.
One such piece by creator Matt Vince captured the style of Studio Ghibli legend Hayao Miyazaki. These works can be viewed in full on the artist's Tumblr page. Illustrator Amanda Oei Wells took inspiration from Tom Jung’s 1977 theatrical poster for Star Wars: Episode 4 – A New Hope for their poster, which replaces Luke Skywalker with a Master Sword-weilding Link, as Dark Beast Ganon looms overhead.
i did a quick Zelda/Akira mashup and didn't expect it to blow up: https://t.co/xWeBARwU20
— Christopher Ryzebol (@ryzbl_) June 12, 2023
Studio Ghibli x Legend of Zelda Posters I made for fun https://t.co/nOqTfPxZwM
— matt vince (@MattVinnie) November 22, 2015
Legend of Zelda X Studio Ghibli movie mash up posters!
— Zelda Universe (@ZeldaUniverse) November 24, 2015
Sometimes I'll just be sitting around, minding my own business, and this movie poster for a non-existent Studio Ghibli Legend of Zelda movie will pop into my head and just leave me devastated. pic.twitter.com/kyD0JEu8KI
— M. Nolan Gray (@mnolangray) September 25, 2020
Closing out #linktober with Free For All Day. Some Rangers are recreating a classic movie poster. I’ve chosen to homage Tim & Greg Hildebrandt’s ‘Star Wars’ poster 🍿 #legendofzelda #zeldabotw #ゼルダの伝説 pic.twitter.com/X3EqXJcfuP
— Amanda Oei Wells 🐱 (@AmandaOeiWells) October 31, 2021
Made a movie poster of The legend of Zelda The Minish Cap for my art assignment 👀 pic.twitter.com/y6lCEgLJkP
— k-artist-sis (@kartistsis) July 28, 2020
More yeehaw Zelda AU, now as a vintage movie poster pic.twitter.com/QiTlorbegq
— Emily Chicken (@emilychickenart) March 9, 2023
— Romain Mazevet (@MazevetRomain) June 9, 2023
With the success of the Super Mario Bros. movie, and the onslaught of video game adaptations coming to both the small and silver screen, we want to know what you’d like to see from a potential Legend of Zelda adaptation. So drop a comment below telling us what aspects of the beloved franchise you’d like to see explored in film or TV, and which actors and directors you would trust to take on the job.
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