Posted on Wednesday, December 30th, 2020 by Ben Pearson
Like practically every industry, theme parks were hit hard by the pandemic in 2020. But just because a portion of the year was spent with doors closed to the public doesn’t mean there weren’t employees working hard behind the scenes to develop some next level ideas about how to create brand new attractions.
A patent emerged recently for a potential Legend of Zelda ride, showing off some surprising designs that, if implemented, would result in a theme park experience unlike any other. Plus, Universal has unveiled some new details about how the Power-Up Bands will work at the company’s Super Nintendo World.
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In the theme park wars, intellectual property reigns supreme. Universal Studios changed the game by incorporating The Wizarding World of Harry Potter into its parks, but with Disney’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge poised to open next year, the rivalry is about to be taken to the next level.
Universal is going to have to implement some flashy new changes to lure guests over from a galaxy far, far away, and now a new rumor says that instead of creating one Nintendo Land in the United States, they’re going to split that intellectual property across multiple parks – and more specifically, a Zelda land is coming to Universal’s Islands of Adventure in Florida.
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Some new Super Nintendo World concept art has appeared online, giving us a much clearer idea of what to expect from Universal Studios upcoming Nintendo-themed land. The images also reveal where the first United States version of the theme park land will be constructed. Hit the jump to find out.
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Three of Hollywood’s prettiest faces just landed three new projects in this edition of Casting Bits:
- Jennifer Lawrence will play a jazz icon
- Leonardo DiCaprio will help create some of rock’s biggest stars
- Chris Pine will get lost in time
Find out more about these casting updates after the jump. Read More »
Nintendo’s Zelda game series seems tailor-made for a film adaptation, but after the notiorious failure of the Super Mario Bros. movie the company is understandably gun-shy when it comes to bringing games to the big screen.
Nonetheless, Zelda film ideas have come and gone. The studio Imagi tried out for one years ago (see their pitch reel here) and there have been other conversations. Now Eiji Aonuma, in charge of Zelda for Nintendo, says that he’s talked about movie ideas with game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, and that they’ve come to a conclusion that might not be exactly what fans want. Read More »
Nintendo has some of the most well-known video game characters in the world, and you’d think that the company would be happy to turn them into feature movie stars. But the company’s first major foray into the film world turned into quite an embarrassment. Super Mario Brothers really hurt the chances for other Nintendo characters to make the leap to the big screen.
That hasn’t stopped companies from trying to get Nintendo’s attention, however, and several years ago the once-troubled company Imagi (TMNT, Astro Boy) pitched Nintendo on a Legend of Zelda film. A video that is billed as the animated Zelda pitch reel has shown up online, courtesy of former Imagi DP and layout supervisor Adam Holmes.
The design in the pitch is close to the look of Twilight Princess, which was the current Zelda release at the time. Check out the reel below. Read More »