Zelda movie director send fans into a panic, but we’re not worried

Zelda movie director send fans into a panic, but we’re not worried
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Written by 

Tom Chapman


10th May 2024 14:36

Although Nintendo announced its Zelda movie in the most Nintendo way possible, the swirling rumours and years of speculation mean it wasn't exactly a surprise when Shigeru Miyamoto finally made it official in November 2023. While we still lament the loss of a Zelda Netflix series, a movie from director Wes Ball is the next best thing. 

Known for his work on the Maze Runner movies, and having just helmed Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes, Ball is a hot property in Hollywood. While Ball might be busy with his proposed trilogy of Apes movies, he'll hopefully have time to squeeze in a trip to Hyrule somewhere. 

Wes Ball dodges a crucial Zelda question

The first thing any gamer will ask an incoming director who is taking on such a massive IP is, obviously, "What's your favourite game in the series?" Whether Ball knows this or not, he dodged the crucial question while on the red carpet for Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes.

When IG grilled the incoming Zelda director on his favourite Zelda game, there was a lengthy pause before he eventually said, "I better not say." Over on X (formerly Twitter), the harshest critics have taken this and run with the idea that Ball doesn't know his Four Swords from his Spirit Tracks.

As the OP rightly pointed out, it's entirely possible that Ball is refusing to reveal a favourite game because this could be the basis of his story for the Zelda movie. They go on to point out that Ball has been tweeting about his dream of directing a Zelda movie since 2010, so something tells us he knows what he's doing. 

Ball himself spotted the thread and responded, "Relax guys. I'm one of you. I've just learned from a wise man, when it comes to Zelda, best to say nothing as things just get misinterpreted." He went on to admit, "Judging on these comments, that's probably gonna happen no matter what. Sheesh."

We deserve an Ocarina of Time adaptation

Link in the Temple of Time Ocarina of Time
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We've already covered how Ball has teased a potential franchise of Zelda movies, meaning it would make sense to start at the very beginning and give us a Skyward Sword adaptation. Still, that's hardly many people's favourite entry in the series.

In terms of box office success, we imagine an epic Ocarina of Time adaptation that could span multiple movies. Imagine a cinematic epic on par with The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and let's be honest, that's exactly what Zelda deserves.

Maybe we're just biased because Ocarina is a personal favourite, but with Breath of the Wild taking place at the end of the timeline AND being possibly too big, a well-made Ocarina of Time movie should be right on the money. Wherever Ball takes the Zelda name, if it's anything like the scope of his first Apes movie, we'll all be dancing to his tune. 

Tom Chapman
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Tom Chapman
Tom is Trending News Editor at GGRecon, with an NCTJ qualification in Broadcast Journalism and over seven years of experience writing about film, gaming, and television. With bylines at IGN, Digital Spy, Den of Geek, and more, Tom’s love of horror means he's well-versed in all things Resident Evil, with aspirations to be the next Chris Redfield.
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