Thought you’d never live to see the day where Hyrule came to life on your TV screen? Netflix has four words for you: “Well, excuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!”
That’s right — according to The Wall Street Journal, Netflix is “working closely with Nintendo” to develop a live-action series based on the massively popular The Legend of Zelda series. For those of you who don’t know — and if so, where have you been — the series follows a boy named Link who must rescue the eponymous Princess Zelda and save the realm of Hyrule from all manner of evildoers. It’s still early in the development process, but Netflix is describing it as “Game of Thrones for a family audience,” a description which has both piqued my interest and raised my eyebrows.
Don’t start throwing your rupees at the screen just yet; Netflix is still actively searching for a writer to work on the series, so for now it’s still wearing the Iron Boots of Hollywood development. Still, this is one of the most surprising bits of news in recent memory. In light of how protective Nintendo has been of its video game properties in the past, particularly after the 1989 Legend of Zelda animated series and the truly baffling 1993 Super Mario Bros. film, this feels like it’s coming out of left field. Still, considering Netflix’s track record with original series thus far and the state of modern television, now seems like as good of a time as any to bring Link, Zelda, Ganondorf, Epona, Navi, and the gang to glorious live-action.
If nothing else, hopefully we’ll see this on the small screen:
We’ll continue to report on this as the story develops.
Are you excited for a live-action Legend of Zelda series? What story arc would you like to see it follow? Let us know in the comments below.