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News Nintendo officially announces live-action Zelda film, produced by Shigeru Miyamoto and Avi Arad, directed by Wes Ball

Much like I doubt any Splatoon movie would be spoken in Inklish, I doubt any Zelda movie will have a mute Link.
 
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Unless Wes Ball is taking notes from Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes and incorporates sign language, Link will have spoken dialogue.
 
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Link isn't canonically silent, we just don't get to see his dialogue (outside of picking between dialogue options). It's a common video game trope to avoid alienating the player when the protagonist's personality and character isn't at all important to the story. As much as his blank staring in BotW cutscenes became a meme, just about every Zelda game with dialogue since ALttP has NPCs clearly respond to something Link said; we just don't get to know exactly how he phrased it.

The fact that we're not in control of Link in the movie already breaks the illusion hiding his dialogue is meant to maintain, so there's no point in following the games here. That said, I wouldn't be entirely shocked if they keep the quiet, bottled up interpretation of BotW and TotK - as long as it's a good fit for the tone of the movie.
 
I’ve seen loads of fantasy movies with generic boyish elvin protagonists. I’ve seen very few non-silent movies with silent protagonists. To me, silent but determined and honest feels like Link and a big action-fantasy movie where the main character doesn’t talk is so much more interesting than another generic blockbuster.
 
I’ve seen loads of fantasy movies with generic boyish elvin protagonists. I’ve seen very few non-silent movies with silent protagonists. To me, silent but determined and honest feels like Link and a big action-fantasy movie where the main character doesn’t talk is so much more interesting than another generic blockbuster.
I don’t disagree it would be more interesting, I just don’t think Nintendo actually views Link as a silent character.
 
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I’ve seen loads of fantasy movies with generic boyish elvin protagonists. I’ve seen very few non-silent movies with silent protagonists. To me, silent but determined and honest feels like Link and a big action-fantasy movie where the main character doesn’t talk is so much more interesting than another generic blockbuster.
In Conan the Barbarian, Conan is borderline silent. Has very few lines, but basically every one is memorable and important. It can work.
 
In Conan the Barbarian, Conan is borderline silent. Has very few lines, but basically every one is memorable and important. It can work.
Yeah Conan the Barbarian is a good comparison. A movie that coasts heavily on its vibes and not much else, to amazing effect.

Regardless, I'm sure Link will talk. The question is how much.
 
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I don’t see Link talking as a huge problem. He talked on the cartoon, it wasn’t that big of an issue! if Mario movie is any indication with the direction of the movie, it will do well.
 
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One thing I appreciated was it's actually a lot more mellow than previous Apes films, which all had some sort of big action setpieces in the third acts. There's definitely a ton of tension throughout and a tense escape scene in the end but it never really descended into an "action" movie. It was all about story and character and honestly the main threats in the end were not big armies or scary macguffins but ideas and intentions, which is all commendable imo in a film that's so much CGI. All of that is to say I have faith now that Wes Ball can make a good movie out of Zelda without feeling the need to inject a lot of the usual AAA movie trappings that we see so often in other adaptations. I seriously came out of the theater thinking "Okay so the Zelda movie's gonna be good, then."
Honestly sounds like his style is perfect for kinda adapting Breath of the Wild, then.

Didn't see it posted here. This personally doesn't reassure me the slightest. Shiggy is not the right person at Nintendo to supervise this project imo. Should probably have been Koizumi.
Yeah... this should be a Koizumi or Aonuma project. Having Shiggy supervising kinda worries me that the project is going to move away from what it should be into a more Mario Movie-like romp. Something like the Mario Movie doesn't play to Zelda's strengths or Ball's strength as a director.
 
Yeah... this should be a Koizumi or Aonuma project. Having Shiggy supervising kinda worries me that the project is going to move away from what it should be into a more Mario Movie-like romp. Something like the Mario Movie doesn't play to Zelda's strengths or Ball's strength as a director.
probably does have the Zelda staff giving suggestions, but they're not as marketable as "The Creator of The Legend of Zelda, Shigeru Miyamoto". though Aonuma would come close
 


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