Netflix has been putting out some serious work as of lately. The streaming service offers a small variety of original content and exclusive shows, so you can imagine the kind of reaction Zelda fans would have given that a series is coming to Netflix.
The Wall Street Journal made announcement via their Speakeasy blog (which covers media and entertainment) on Friday Febuary 6.
The video streaming service is in the early stages of developing a live action series based on “Zelda,” about an ordinary boy named Link who must rescue a princess named Zelda and save a fantasy world called Hyrule, said a person familiar with the matter. As it seeks writers to work on the show, Netflix is describing it as “Game of Thrones” for a family audience, this person said.
That sounds like a very ambitious undertaking for Netflix. Fantasy has been very popular genre as of late given the success of the Game of Thrones and the Hobbit movies. Since Zelda has always been able to stay kid friendly and balance its darker moments with light-hearted ones, this could be a huge success for Netflix. Furthermore, many gamers who played the original Legend of Zelda in 1987 are now parents and have probably enjoyed playing subsequent games in the series with their kids. This is a great opportunity for Netflix to expand their current line up of original content.
With all of the excitement in the air it’s important to remember that video games and live action entertainment have an extremely rocky history. The last time Nintendo allowed one of their games to have the live action treatment was 1993’s Super Mario Bros., a movie that many gamers would like to see wiped from existence. It’s important to keep new movies based on video games away from horrible filmmakers like Uwe Boll, who is credited with several movies based off of games such as Postal, Dungeon Siege, BloodRayne, Alone In the Dark, Far Cry and House of The Dead.
The Zelda project is still in the early stages of development, as no writers have been attached to it. So until then, we must treat this as speculation and wishful thinking. Without a doubt, people want to see a live action Zelda project of some kind. If Nintendo has learned anything from Super Mario Bros. then I’d like to think we’re in for a treat.