When Alan Holmes decided to pitch a Legend of Zelda movie adaptation to Imagi Animation Studios in 2007, he tried to give it a distinct look and a different feel from the video games. The experienced animator made this 1-and-a-half-minute video using only computer-generated images, where we see a furtive Zelda being pursued by a threatening dark army; with Link suddenly appearing to save the day with his faithful bow, arrows and sword. The action-filled trailer uses cinematographic tricks and shots to make the deal look appetizing to the bosses at IAS, although apparently the producers of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Astro Boy films weren't too excited to do another video game adaptation. The pitch got shot down and now all that remains is Holmes' trailer, which he recently uploaded to the Interwebz. You can check it out by clicking on the Triforce below:
For fans of the fantasy series, this isn't the first time a trailer has been major cause for disappointment. IGN created an elaborate trailer for a live-action Legend of Zelda movie as an April's Fools Day joke in 2008. You can imagine the faces on Zelda followers when they found out it was a (well-made) fake (hint: they hated it even more than Dodongo dislikes smoke). Unfortunately for them, it doesn't seem like in the foreseeable future there will be any renewed attempts to translate the Nintendo classic to the big screens, although by the look of where the industry is heading this decade (superheroes, videogame adaptations and multi-sequel franchises), it shouldn't come as a huge surprise if a big studio finally decided to pick up the project. In the meantime, however, enjoy the trailer for the Zelda movie that never was and remember: it's still a secret to (almost) everybody, MAH BOI!
For a more detailed article about this trailer, check out Forbes' Paul Tassi and his take on the whole mess.