Netflix Seeking Live Action ‘Zelda’ Series

Gamers of the world rejoice! Streaming content provider Netflix is reportedly considering bringing to life Nintendo’s blockbuster video game series The Legend of Zelda, second only to Mario in terms of Nintendo character recognition, as a live-action series. Imagine the pitch: it’s a kid friendly Game of Thrones!

The Legend of Zelda originally focused on Link, a young boy on a quest to rescue the Princess Zelda, in the mythical land of Hyrule. Subsequent games have broadened the game’s mythology.

While an official announcement is yet to come from either Netflix or Nintendo, the venture would be well-timed as Netflix plans to launch its service in Nintendo’s home country of Japan later this year. It could certainly do worse than the Zelda series in terms of name recognition. Since launching the first title – The Legend of Zelda – in 1987, the series has spawned a total of 17 games and inspired an animated TV series in 1989.

Zelda series would join Netflix’s other kid-friendly properties including a remake of Magic School Bus and A Series of Unfortunate Events.

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2 comments

  1. Kevin Klawitter
    Kevin Klawitter 6 years ago

    This could so easily go wrong (as anybody who has seen footage from the animated series could attest), but if they take it seriously and put real thought and effort into the characterization and story, it could well be excellent.

    I can’t help but think of the fake trailer that was made for April Fool’s Day a few years back. One of my all-time favorite fake movie trailers:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8oqwFNKN8MA

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      Craig Kennedy 6 years ago

      Haha! I love that trailer.

      Nintendo developed such a neat mythology around Zelda so the raw material is there for some thing that’s a lot of fun. Will that actually happen? I don’t know, but I like Netflix’s track record so far. They’re not exactly HBO, but they seem committed to doing quality stuff.

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