For those of you hoping to see Link’s adventures across Hyrule in live-action and on-demand, we may have some bad news.
Back in February, it was reported that Netflix and Nintendo had entered into early discussions about bringing their popular and iconic video game franchise The Legend of Zelda to the streaming service in the form of a live-action series. The report, which initially conceptualized the idea as “Game of Thrones” for kids, seemed promising, and also seemed accurate, since neither major party involved came out immediately to dispute it. As most of their fans are keenly aware, though, Nintendo approaches public relations — and just about everything else, for that matter — a bit differently than most, and we now have an on-the-record quote from the company’s highest corporate officer. Unfortunately, it’s not good news.
Speaking with TIME, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata was asked a number of things about the iconic game developer’s future business, including their new platform, their recently announced mobile gaming strategy, and the struggling sales of the Wii U. One of the topics that came up was the news about a partnership with Netflix for a Zelda series of some kind, but Iwata, while not exactly using the firmest language, seemed to dismiss the report as little more than a rumor. He said,
As of now, I have nothing new to share with you in regard to the use of our IPs for any TV shows or films, but I can at least confirm that the article in question is not based on correct information.
While it’s worth keeping in mind that this isn’t exactly a flat-out denial, nor does Iwata say that nothing is actively happening, he is blunt when saying that the information circulated by the report is not accurate. Now, whether this means that Nintendo wants to develop something in conjunction with an outside entertainment partner a little more before a formal announcement is plausible is anyone’s guess, but either way, it’s unfortunate that we may not be seeing a series like this bow on Netflix in the future.
On the upside, though, we’re getting ever closer to the release of The Legend of Zelda on Wii U, which will likely bow sometime this winter. For more on this as it develops further, keep a tab open to GeekNation.
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