The Legend of Zelda will have a live-action movie, it's now official. In a statement, Nintendo announced that they are working with Sony Pictures to adapt the story of Link, Zelda, and Ganondorf to the big screen. But who will be in charge of directing it?
According to the official announcement, the live-action movie of The Legend of Zelda will be directed by Wes Ball. In case you didn't know, he is a 43-year-old American filmmaker who has worked on various high-budget productions.
A live-action movie of The Legend of Zelda is a massive project. This is why fans are already wondering about Wes Ball's credentials to take on the project. So, here's everything we know about this filmmaker.
Who is Wes Ball, the director of the Zelda movie?
Wes Ball is an American filmmaker, visual effects artist, and graphic designer who graduated from the College of Motion Picture Arts at Florida State University (the same university where Barry Jenkins and David Robert Mitchell also graduated), and he began his career with an animated short called Ruin.
The quality of Ruin caught the attention of major film studios, including 20th Century Fox. The company offered him the opportunity to adapt The Maze Runner, a novel by James Dashner, for the big screen. Ball accepted, and the project turned out to be a huge success, grossing $348 million at the box office (with a budget of $34 million).
Following the success of The Maze Runner, Ball signed a deal with 20th Century Fox to develop more films. This led him to direct The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials and The Maze Runner: The Death Cure, both of which were also box office hits.
The strong performance of The Maze Runner earned Ball the trust of Disney and Fox to work on a new Planet of the Apes film. He is set to direct and produce Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes, a film scheduled to debut in 2023.
What movies has Wes Ball directed?
Here is a list of all the films Wes Ball has directed in his career:
- The Maze Runner (2014)
- Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015)
- Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018)
- Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes (2024)
What do you think of this news? Are you excited for The Legend of Zelda movie? Do you believe Wes Ball will do a good job with this production? Share your thoughts in the comments.