“The Legend of Zelda” series has one of the biggest fan bases in Nintendo’s library that hasn’t been utilized to its fullest potential. Sure it’s got a long line of games but you would think they at least would have made a new one to get the fans to buy the Nintendo WiiU when it launched instead of “Nintendo Land.” Well, Nintendo is making up for the time they wasted by bringing the fans something they’ve wanted even more than a new “Zelda” launch title: a TV series.
Netflix announced that they are developing a live action series based on the “Zelda” games for their streaming service. It’s still in the very early stages of development. They haven’t even hired any writers to put together a story for the new adventure series. However, some people close to the project describe the idea for the show as a “‘Game of Thrones’ for a family audience.” So, no “Red Wedding,” we presume?
Of course, nothing is set in stone this early. Nintendo is notorious about protecting their brands and characters from being altered or distorted from their original vision outside of their company, especially after the horrid movie loosely based on “Super Mario Bros.” in 1993. So there is still a chance that the deal between Nintendo and Netflix could fall through and the project may never reach the filming stage. However, you should still be ecstatic that Nintendo is even talking about letting Netflix embark on such a project. Putting it in Netflix’s hands is the smart way to go since they don’t have to water down or alter a “Zelda” series to please sponsors or some network executive who doesn’t understand that the public doesn’t share their sense of taste or style.
We also hope that they do a good job with the casting. They could start by getting Sir Ian McKellen to play the “It’s Dangerous to Go Alone” guy.