As Netflix continues to make waves in the home entertainment industry with an increasing roster of highly-acclaimed original series, the streaming giant looks like it wants to add an already-established media franchise to its ranks — one that’s never before been adapted into live-action: Nintendo’s iconic adventure game franchise The Legend of Zelda.
According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Netflix and Nintendo are working “very closely” together on the production of the potential series, which in and of itself is very surprising, since the “big N” hasn’t had any live-action multimedia adaptations since the widely-derided Super Mario Bros. feature film from 1993 starring Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo. While attempts have been made to adapt other Nintendo franchises to the screen in some form, like the sci-fi oriented Metroid series, this news represents the first major other media exploitation for the game publisher in decades.
The WSJ article points out that the Zelda series, which is on the cusp of releasing its 25th game later this year for Wii U, is generally kid-friendly while also playing in the same sword and sorcery realm as HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”
The Legend of Zelda is certainly a very potent franchise for an other media adaptation, and would also likely assist Netflix in creating new original programming for a wider demographic, since many of its shows like “House of Cards” or “Orange is the New Black” are geared for adults. Zelda, on the other hand, has appeal for both kids and adults alike, as the setting and themes would be attractive for younger people, while the adults that have played the games since the beginning would likely be very enthused to watch new Zelda material unfold in live-action.
It’s worth keeping in mind that this is still very early in the process, and it’s likely that Netflix will have a ways to go in order to secure a direction that both they and the highly-protective Nintendo are satisfied with. Still, this should prove to be exciting news for anyone that’s ever taken up a sword to fight the forces of Ganon, and GeekNation will definitely be covering this story as it develops further.
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