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Guys, This Is How You Make A Live-Action Zelda Movie

Posted by Damien McFerran

Standing in Link's Shadow

Fan-made movies aren't just kids running around in paper masks with wooden swords any more. If you need any proof of this, check out Corridor Digital's latest short, entitled Link's Shadow.

This short film looks and sounds amazing, and focuses on the battle between Link and his shady nemesis, Dark Link.

Here's the official synopsis:

Three hunters in a forest discover that they have trapped a demon - Dark Link! An epic battle ensues as they try to prevent the murderous demon from reaching their village. The elder clansman gathers his mana and casts a beacon in to the sky, hoping to summon Link to save them.

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Nintendo — just give these guys some money and we'll have the Zelda movie we all want to see.


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WingedSnagret said:

Wow, it almost looked professional! Amazing! Too bad Nintendo would never have a movie made like that...



RaymanFan2 said:

@ThomasBW84 Yeah, but you don't specifically shoot arrows through the mouths of humans. Just saying that Nintendo would never say anything positive about this, since it conflicts with the tone of the Zelda series to some extent.



MadAdam81 said:

A Zelda movie would work better with a tone more like the Mortal Kombat movie or Lara Croft movie - a bit more family friendly with humour, rather than The Dark Knight with gruesome violence.



GoroGoro said:

I never thought of the series like that, I cringed when the sword was stuck into link, but it was interesting, it highlighted the importance of link's quest and showed that is is indeed filled with danger, that's something I have rarely gotten from a Zelda game. Permadeath mode anyone? Maybe 4 ferries max,



Usagi-san said:

"epic" is sooooooo over used. This bares no resemblance to the Zelda series and that last fight was ridiculously cheap.
This is emphatically NOT how to make a Zelda movie.



DreamDrop said:

Started amazing, then became good and finished on the worst note possible. How is that even a fight? More like two girls (who never used a sword) brawling it out and end up killing one another.



Rief said:

Well, nice work, but Zelda is surely NOT a game that would make a good movie. Zelda should stay game, and nothing else.



SetupDisk said:

Pretty good stuff. It didn't step far out of the tone of games like Twilight Princess or Majora's mask as well. Hell in the first edition of ocarina of time the ending was more violent than that. Even the ending in wind waker and the tone was very dark.

In a link to the past your arrows would stay stuck in enemies. The whole point of the fight was to show they are equals. Though Dark Link has been pretty easy since Zelda II.



BrightBeing said:

I've seen better, even from IGN.COM's April Fools joke a few years back. This just didn't feel right. I mean, arrows through people's heads? Graphically depicted, no less? That's not Zelda.



SilentHunter382 said:

@BrightBeing But there has been violence in zelda games. Did you forget when Link stab ganondorf through the face with his sword in windwaker.

Anyway they got a new subscriber.



BrightBeing said:

@SilentHunter382 WindWaker was a cartoon style, the person stabbed was the last boss at the very end of the game, and not a drop of blood was spilt. I agree that Zelda games are violent in ways, but not gratuitous violence.



BlatantlyHeroic said:

@BrightBeing It happend in OoT too. And there was blood.
Fools, Zelda is traditionally dark. People do die, lives are ruined. While this film didn't exactly portray what Zelda should be, to match the series, the story would have to be extremely dark and depressing. Most of you probably got on the scene when Wind Waker was released though so it doesn't matter then. Zelda isn't Mario. Zelda is Zelda.



rjejr said:

Never fear those who loathe realism and gratuitous violence, I'm sure if Nintendo ever did bankroll a Zelda movie it would look like The Lord of the Rings.

The 1978 version.



Volendral said:

People who are bemoaning the violence need to realize that there has been death in Zelda games, lots of it. What did people expect? Dark Link to hold up an imaginary bow, pretend to shoot, and then say "You're suppose to lie down now, you're dead!" and then throw a temper-tantrum when they didn't? Or maybe he wasn't even suppose to try to kill anyone, maybe Dark Link is not evil at all, just misunderstood, so in reality he's supposed to let everyone go. Seriously people, if you want a realistic Zelda movie, you have to expect violence.
So yes, if a Zelda movie was ever made, I'd expect it to be more around the likes of the LoTR movies.



bezerker99 said:

Dark Link was awesome! Link, not so much. Also, that was some goofy lookin' sword fighting. With arrows going thru people's jugulars and stuff, I was expectin' some Kill Bill-style stuff to be going on.



Objection said:

There was no blood, so this is really only PG13 violence. In their own time, Ocarina and WindWaker seemed as violent as this.

I thought the video was well-done for a fan production, barely below professional. But Nintendo will never make film versions of their works, so yeah.

@MadAdam81 Ew, don't make movies anything like those adaptations.



Trikeboy said:

To all the complainers: The next time you play a Zelda game, keep count of how many minions of Ganon you kill. Also, what about the innocents like the Keese. They are just defending their caves. Link strolls in and kills them. Zelda is a dark series. In Ocarina of Time, you hear a dying soldiers last words before he dies. In Majora's Mask you become the embodiment of dead creatures from Termina. Get over it.

For a short, it was quite good. I would like to see it expanded on with a better story and longer fight scene.



TeslaChippie said:

@ThomasBW84 I agree with RaymanFan, the Zelda series has always been more about fantasy and exploration than the combat itself, which is always downplayed and lighthearted even in the MOST mature Zeldas. I actually think the series is more mature in its occasional profound creepiness if anything.

This trailer would be for a movie that would please hardcore shooter players who maybe play a little Zelda. I'm not sure it's the movie "we all want to see.:



TeslaChippie said:

@Trikeboy Yeah but the violent instances you're describing are over in half a second; it isn't like they define the game. And they certainly shouldn't define any movie based on the games, although it'd probably make it more popular >.>



Jaz007 said:

That was great, I would love to see more of this. And to the people complaining about the tone and violence. Twilight Princess was this dark and violent. Didn't Ganadorf run on if the high mage through without a weapon even and the rest stuttered in fear. (sorry if the description some very good, it's been awhile since I played it) Frankly I want the the next Zelda game to go down that path again. I liked Skyward Sword, but I don't want another chell shaded game. I want another Twilight princess in tone. If I remember correctly, people were dying in ALttP and it was pretty grim in tone at times, espcially in the dark world.



Scarlet5683 said:

This is incredible! Their goal was to make the series realistic, and whether people like it or not, if Zelda was "real" essentially, then this is exactly what it would be like. Kudos to the individuals involved in this video!



Alienfish said:

Right, if something bad happens in the Zelda series we just get the messenger treatment like an old Greek play. "Oh, and btw, Ganondorf has killed thousands in a move too graphic for your virgin eyes." That's basically the jist of it.



AceSpadeS said:

Well the ending fight kind of went over the top with the whole monkey see monkey do approach, but it wasn't bad.



HeatBombastic said:

@TeslaChippie What? This is just a fan trailer. It doesn't define anything from a movie if they were to make a movie. Do you really think exploration and puzzles would make a good trailer? Even Nintendo shows off the action when making trailers for zelda. -_-



Kelevra said:

Yes, yes let the violence flow through you; although that last fight was stupid, the concept is good, we just need to put some fixes here and there and we have ourselves a great movie.



Buduski said:

There are waaay to many sensitive people here complaining that it was to violent or to dark, when in reality all zelda games storys are dark and grim, thats the whole point have the hero (Link) shed some light on dark times, and as for the violence I'm sure Link really doesn't use his sword and other equipment to hurt his enemies he's just playing... sarcasm. So all those whining about how violent the video was im sure they have never even seen Pirates of the caribean (disney movie with the same type of fight sequences)



Havkri said:

i loved the first part, then link arrived.... allthough i didnt have any big problems with the fight scene it kinda baffles me how so many live action portrays of Link, always has him having a blond wig, even though the actor has dark hair... it just doesnt look good. but other then that i absolutely loved it, and it is too bad Nintendo never will publish a movie like this (even though i can see why).



rambosdad said:

This is the realisation of somebody else's vision. You ain't ever gonna please everyone. But the production values were exceptional and they should be applauded for their efforts. Keep pushing peeps there be talent there.



Kaze_Memaryu said:

The group did a high quality movie and show quite a lot of effort and talent. Accuracy is another thing, but the point is that this is definitely quality work. Minor flaws aside, this is great!



HawkeyeWii said:

I don't want a movie made for Zelda at all!!!
Having Link talk or even let alone seeing him played by an actor at all would be soooo awkward and weird.
A CGI movie suRE!!! HECK YES!!!
But live action.... no thanks!



timp29 said:

I expected the old guy to say 'it's dangerous to go alone'

Pretty good. Don't know if I bought the guy they cast as Link.



SCAR said:

The Link in this video was weak. He lost his shield in like 10 seconds. Dark Link can never tie, or win. He copies Link. If Link improves in any way, Dark Link will always be one step behind.
Dark Link may be able to cause trouble for other beings, but the real Link will always overcome Dark Link, even if he gets hurt slightly in the process. This battle ended in a tie.
I think a different villian would have been more appropriate. I liked the effects, but Link tying with Dark Link completely throws Link's importance out the window.



EpicGamer said:

It would be very interesting to see Nintendo make an actual movie of Zelda. Though it would have to be CGI, not live action. The problem with live action is you'll never find the perfect people that look like the characters from the game. The Resident Evil movies (the CGI ones, not live action) are pretty good, so why can't Zelda have a movie? Although, the problem that rises is Link. Since he doesn't talk, it'd be pretty hard to make a movie on Zelda. They'd either have to find a REALLY, and I mean REALLY good voice actor, or don't show Link too much...which would defeat the purpose of a Zelda movie. So here's my idea, they could just have Link talk ONLY when it's absolutely necessary. Like responding to someone with a short statement like "alright", "you can trust me" etc. Though, Link would primarily communicate with body language, like...if someones asks him where they can find this location, Link would point to the right direction, instead of saying something. That way, people wont be too mad.

Though I think they should just start out with an anime series, therefore they can't ruin the whole Zelda franchise. (They made that terrible 80's Zelda cartoon, but Zelda is still with us.)



B3ND3R said:

@Rief Or a Friday night cartoon.. Oh wait, excuuuuuuuuuse me, my good sir, that already happened.



andreoni79 said:

Just imagine what Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli could do if Nintendo let them create a Zelda movie...

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