According to a recent report by the Wall Street Journal, streaming media company, Netflix, is currently developing a live-action series that is based upon Nintendo’s famous The Legend of Zelda gaming series. The show has been described as “Game of Thrones for a family audience.” The Legend Of Zelda games have included swords and sorcery, much like “Game of Thrones” or the “Lord of the Rings” stories, but because they were aimed at children, they had a more lighthearted tone.
Both Netflix and Nintendo are reportedly working closely together on the live-action show, and are, at the time of writing, seeking a writer for the series.
It looks like the The Zelda series is extremely early in development and this news is just the tip of the iceberg. The report from the WSJ does caution, however, the series could be canned, should Nintendo and Netflix not come up with anything good and therefore make the decision not to go ahead with the new idea.
Netflix have already developed numerous original shows for their streaming content service, including the hit series Orange is the New Black and House of Cards, not to mention their new venture Marco Polo. Netflix are currently developing and filming a series of shows that are based upon the Marvel characters Daredevil, Iron Fist, Luke Cage and Jessica Jones.
In 2014 Satoru Iwata, Nintendo’s president mentioned the company has planned to “actively expand our character licensing business.”
Iwata also said later the game maker was also exploring “possibilities in licensing character IP in areas Nintendo has never worked before.” The Japanese game developer has made around 20 Legend of Zelda games since the original inception, which was released back in 1987 in the U.S.
As they are both are still seeking a writer to work on the series, Netflix will have a long wait until The Legend of Zelda series actually comes to the screen.
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