As the conversation around a potential Legend of Zelda movie adaptation heats up, IGN took the opportunity to highlight some amazing examples of fan-made concept movie posters for the iconic series.
The movie Super Mario Bros. has now grossed over $1 billion at the worldwide box office, making it one of the highest-grossing animated films ever made. In light of its success, it’s more than unlikely that other popular Nintendo IPs will make the leap to the big screen.
Regarding the potential for a film adaptation of Legend of Zelda, Tears of the Kingdom producer Eiji Aonuma replied, “I have to say I’m interested, that’s for sure. But it’s not just me who I’m interested in something that makes things happen, unfortunately.” Title director Hidemaro Fujibayashi then added, “Maybe the voice of the fans is what’s important here.”
Well, it turns out fans have been asking for a movie adaptation for a while now, with some artists going so far as to create beautiful concept movie posters, many of which simultaneously pay homage to iconic cinematic artwork. Here is a selection of some of the excellent fan-made movie posters that have been created over the years.
Marinko Milosevski, the talent behind Red Dead Redemption 2’s fantastic key art, has in the past created a series of stylized concept movie posters for entries in The Legend of Zelda franchise. These posters, as well as those made for a range of their 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
A selection of Marinko Milosevski’s amazing Zelda posters 💚https://t.co/l7W38a4cUg pic.twitter.com/u9T0nZQJwp
“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 bicycle out of zonai parts using Link’s ultrahand ability. Elsewhere, artists have taken a different approach, rendering posters in a range of eclectic styles.
One of these pieces by designer Matt Vince captured the style of Studio Ghibli legend Hayao Miyazaki. These works are visible in full on the artist’s Tumblr page. Illustrator Amanda Oei Wells was inspired by 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 above his head.
I did a quick Zelda/Akira mashup and didn’t expect it to explode: https://t.co/xWeBARwU20
– Christophe 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 posters!
Directed by Matt Vincehttps://t.co/mo9JVHVfiW pic.twitter.com/ZNFtT5Z9ZL
— Zelda Universe (@ZeldaUniverse) November 24, 2015
Sometimes I’ll just be sitting around minding my own business, and this movie poster for a nonexistent Studio Ghibli Legend of Zelda movie will pop into my head and leave me devastated. pic.twitter.com/kyD0JEu8KI
— Mr. Nolan Gray (@mnolangray) September 25, 2020
Fence #linktober with Free For All Day. Some Rangers recreate a classic movie poster. I chose to pay homage to Tim & Greg Hildebrandt’s ‘Star Wars’ poster 🍿 #the legend of Zelda #zeldabotw #ゼルダの伝説 pic.twitter.com/X3EqXJcfuP
— Amanda Oei Wells 🐱 (@AmandaOeiWells) October 31, 2021
I made a movie poster of The legend of Zelda The Minish Cap for my artistic mission 👀 pic.twitter.com/y6lCEgLJkP
— k-artist-sis (@kartistsis) July 28, 2020
More yeehaw Zelda AU, now in 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. and the onslaught of video game adaptations on both the small screen and the big screen, we want to know what you’d like to see from a potential Legend of Zelda adaptation. So drop a comment below to tell us which aspects of the beloved franchise you’d like to see explored in film or TV, and which actors and directors you’d trust to take on the job.
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