It's no secret that Nintendo is working to utilise its franchises and IPs in various ways, all to ensure that Nintendo brands remain at the forefront of popular culture. We have amiibo toys that are proving hugely popular, positive sales for Wii U crossover title Hyrule Warriors and more partnerships and ideas no doubt in the pipeline. One of those prospective projects, if reports are accurate, is a live-action TV series of The Legend of Zelda, with Netflix in charge of development.
This is according to the Wall Street Journal, reporting details from a source within Netflix. The TV streaming service is in early development of the project, which is supposedly aiming to adopt the familiar overarching tale of Zelda titles - Link sets off on a quest to rescue Princess Zelda. In terms of tone, it's supposedly aiming to be 'Game of Thrones for a family audience'.
To give an indication of how early this reportedly is in development Netflix is yet to appoint a lead writer, but is said to be working closely with Nintendo. Naturally this could quite easily be ditched at any moment by either side, and won't be more of a sure thing until scripts are completed and contracts start to be drawn up.
The prospect of a live-action TV show based on The Legend of Zelda surely brings mixed emotions. With a big enough budget and skilful scripting it could, despite some of the outlandish character designs of the source material, be rather special. On the other hand it could very easily go wrong and become another Super Mario Bros. movie, largely disowned by Nintendo and generally acknowledged as a creative disaster.
Time will tell whether this project moves forward, but we can't help but want it to happen - it'd be intriguing, in any case.
Would you like to see a live-action Netflix TV show based on The Legend of Zelda, or does the idea leave you with a sense of foreboding? Let us know.
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The fact that Netflix is comparing this to Game of Thrones means that it's already going to be hard to watch. Not that Game of Thrones is bad, but they're not the same thing.
@Nicolai Well EXCUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUSE ME, Princess!!
Guess Netflix really gave out the money bags from their money bin for this...
I would love this! Imagine what they could do with the lore!
I'll watch every cheesy minute of it.
Since I don't have a Netflix sub, I'll like to hope there's some sort of alternative way to watch like on Wii U...
I hope not, even though I would watch all of it and buy it on Blu-Ray... I hope not
Comparing it to Game of Thrones...
But will Link talk?
That's not necessarily a bad thing If they utilize all the Zelda characters and have a bunch of different stories going at the same time with them then it will be fine. I don't see why this would be a bad thing and I'm pretty sure that's what they mean by "similar to Game of Thrones" I'm not sure what else they could be getting at.
Ganon of Thrones.
How could you call something (an idea) that does not exist "cheesy"?
If they don't at least once reference "Well excuse me, princess," Id be livid.
Out of all the news I expected to hear today, this is totally out of the left Hyrulian Field... I am both optimistic and scared at the same time.
This could really be good though, because I haven't seen to many original series from Netflix that is more for an everyone audience. We shall see...
I feel that an animated Zelda made by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko (the creators of Avatar, and The Legend of Korra) would have been better.
@Meloetta They have to work that into the show if it gets made
Considering the amount of money Netflix pumped into Marco Polo (which so far isn't all that great...) this at the very least has a lot of potential. The world of Zelda has a lot of lore, and there's enough characters for some very interesting subplots. If nothing else, you should at least get to see pretty scenery. Not to mention this literally could turn into GoT what with Hyrule castle having a throne.
The family friendly thing makes me a little cautious though. That does really eliminate a lot of good plot advancing tools that GoT has been... unafraid to use. A lot.
I am really hoping this will be good. Unlike that OTHER show.
"Excuse me, Princess" (makes my ears bleed!)
Really big shoes to fill here
Either going to be really good, or REALLY bad
I hope it's good. Maybe if it was animated it would have been better. Now you have to cast people based on their looks AND their acting.
@Dipper723 That would be excellent, but only a dream I would guess. They really know how to build a world and characters though.
@Mario500 Many ways but I used a keyboard to type it in and then clicked the reply button.
So it will be GoT without the violence, nudity, and insane plot twits? Could be decent.
Oh mai. Excuse me Princess: The Sequel!
If it's not cringe worthy, fine.
I hope it turns out well. However, there is to much room to mess this one up i guess ...
Also how will Link communicate???
Think an animated version is the way to go.
But will we be able to watch the episodes in any order we like? Apparently that's all we want from Legend of Zelda these days....
Link talking is just fine ( as he DOES talks in the game, how would he interact with the characters in the story otherwise). They just need to get his personality RIGHT, Link flirting Zelda just isn't right.
I have faith in Netflix to make this good. Wouldn't mind seeing Nintendo hiring Shaft to make a Kid Icarus anime as well.
Everything is Netflix these days
If it's not crap i'm okay with it and they better have Midna in this show!Or i will lose it!
You misunderstood my question; I'll restate it so that you can you understand it: Why did you call something (an idea) that does not exist "cheesy"?
Hmmm.... I'll stay very, very cautiously optimistic.
game of thrones sets a very high bar for a high fantasy production such as this to live up to. have they really got the budget and talent to do a show that would do the franchise justice? call me pessimistic for now...
DANGIT. I really wanted to be the one to do the first official live-action Zelda adaptation :/
Guy makes a Zelda film a bunch of people call the best Zelda fan film ever, and he still gets no respect. Hrm.
@Nicolai Actually there is some similarities but without all the death.
@Mario500 I'm sorry I don't understand the question. It's hard to concentrate, I'm watching Street Fighter the movie.
Were you referring to the originator of the Zelda games in your response to the article? Shigeru Miyamoto?
I am a life long gamer, I am 43. I never realized until I started visiting gaming sites that Gamers are a bunch of whinny pricks.
I swear no matter what the article is about, it is nothing buy whining and pouting.
I guess I shouldn't be surprised since I also discovered that most lean to the left.
If this is done well it could be a good way to introduce newcomers to the Zelda games. Hopefully its good!
THIS CAME RIGHT OUT OF NOWHERE
I wish Nintendo would make a show based on a different franchise like Animal Crossing, Star Fox, Pikmin or Kid Icarus.
The Zelda games could see a huge boost in sales from this. Even past games would garner interest. I hope the show is good. Somebody get Nic Cage on the phone!
Season 1 - Skyward Sword
Season 2 - Ocarina of Time
Season 3 - Majora's Mask
Season 4 - Twilight Princess WITH NO GANON AT ALL
Season 5 - Wind Waker
Season 6 - A Link Between Worlds (replacing ALttP because better story)
Season 7 - Oracle of Seasonal Ages (pfft)
Season 8 - Link's Awakening
Season 9 - Spirit Tracks?
Season 10 - Zelda U
@RaphaBoss Ehhh its not like they can get "his" personality wrong. If they do portray Link unproperly, they can always try again with the next reincarnation.
@Angelic_Lapras_King Totally Agree. Like hopefully they could also have it on Amazon Prime
@Angelic_Lapras_King Ehh probably not happening. Nintendo doesn't have its own production company so it seems like Netflix will be making the series themselves.
Nintendo will probably just tell you "Just get a Netflix subscription, the service's available on Wii U".
@Link506 That one's definitely not happening.
So, like Sonic Boom? New game = new show? Of course, I expect both to be good, though, the Sonic Boom TV series is nice in it's own right, which can't really be said about the games.
"Family Audiences" typically means it'll be a kids show... but it would be nice to have something in the PG or PG-13 range. Most of the top shows in the US these days are pretty harsh.
Could be good or bad, hope it does well.
"Game of Thrones for a family audience"
So boring seeing as what makes GOT good is its adult theme.
I half expected to see comments an Nintendo being a failure with the Wii U and how horrible of an idea this is right now. /s
Though seriously, I've always wanted to see Zelda in live action. With the fantasy genre exploding the way it is, now would be a great time to do something like this. As far as the comparisons with GoT... I suppose there's a very loose connection setting wise as you could drop a LoZ in the Thrones-esque time period. I thought a better comparison would have been Lord of the Rings or something...
Anyhoot... I would kill to see an Zelda Anime in the style of that one Smash Bros direct a while back!
i want them to make this, just because i want to see if it might actually be good.
@Ferrari 24 that would actually be pretty cool if we could get other Nintendo series. I'd love to see something done with Smash. I kinda wanna see another Captain N series too (don't laugh! Haha)
IM ALL FOR IT!!, Game of thrones is awsome, mix it a bit with zelda and a bit more family friendly and you got yourself an awsome show, im curious if Link would talk though
I'm nervous about this.
So much could go wrong...... or it could end up being really good.
I haven't gotten around to watching Game of Thrones yet, but surely Fire Emblem would work better as a series in that vein, with a large cast of characters and intricate, twisting turning plot.
Mmm... could be awesome or awful. Let's hope it gets made anyway
But... the reason why GoT is good is because of its maturity. If they replaced that, then all we would we get is a really boring Scrubs-knockoff.
@Obito_Sigma Game of Thrones is good because of its violence and sex scenes?
Must be a pretty DARNGOODWITHOUTPROFANITY show
I really don't like that they're saying off the bat it'll be like Game of Thrones. Zelda is already its own story. It doesn't need to be like anything else.
Especially not Game of Thrones. It's nothing like Zelda - there's no great quest, no real clash between good and evil. It's all about the morally-ambiguous characters, the politics, and... all the stuff you're not going to see in a family show...
Cool, I'm looking forward to seeing it.
...Y'see, I play games for gameplay's sake...so turning a game into a movie or show (which therefore removes any sort of gameplay from the picture) doesn't draw me in. That said, I hope it's good for those who are interested in this.
I hope Tingle is in it.
Game of Zelda
Link: "How 'bout a kiss Zelda?!"
Link: "Well exuuuuusuuu-oh... ok."
A least it's not incest...
Well, I'll stay optimistic. This could really be totally awesome, or incredibly awful. I'm hoping for the first one.
I remember a while back a fan made film was told to cease production. They did release a trailer but nothing more. Could it be that Nintendo had the idea pitched to them made them make sure that any fan films being made like that were stopped for this very reason?
The fact they will work closely with Nintendo shows that this time, it should be done properly. Comparing it to Game of Thrones is really risky though as it's a huge success. I know some are being put off by the family audience target, but it could work- Merlin is one example. Originally pitched as family drama, it ran for five successful series and won numerous awards. Atlantis is another example- people said it wouldn't work but has been a surprise hit. Doctor Who got revamped and is aimed at a family audience. As long as the writers don't treat the kids watching it as idiots and can appeal to adults too, then it could work well. It reminds me of that April fools joke IGN pulled with that Harry Potter tv series- the trailer was done so well that if it had been real i think it could have worked really well. Never say never!
I'll be keeping my eye put for this and see where it goes. If Streetfighter can be done successfully as a series then this could be too. We'll just have to wait and see...
Yay! I can spend hours watching link figure out puzzles, find the triforce pieces, capture fairies, and listen to a beeping noise everytime he's near death!..
...or I can just play the games for all that fun stuff.
Live action? Barf.
@Melkac If they do it wrong, they will only get negative feedback from fans, as it already has...
Wow, the comments here... Comments on The Verge are like 80% positive and 20% cautious. Nintendo Life commenters are like that cat that says no no no no no no no
This is not gonna happen. The overwhelming chances are that Nintendo will not allow this. But surprises do happen!!
I saw this on Kotaku and was, shall we say, kind of ecstatic.
Then I remember Link's probably gonna talk, and I got worried. :/
Even if you remove all the murder, incest and bewbs, Game of Thrones and Zelda are nowhere near on the same level. Zelda is about the adventure of one kid/man settign out to stop an all powerful evil. GOT is about power grabs while ignoring there is an incoming force. Unless the whole thing is the part of Ocarina of Time when everyone sat on their thumbs while Ganon cursed everyone.
Hmmm...it could go either way. Of course there is already an unofficial live-action Zelda. However it is not family friendly...but it is hilarious!!
Go watch "The Legend of Neil". It is a Web series that lasted 3 seasons (short episodes) and is based on the original Legend of Zelda. Has anyone seen this?
I doubt it'd turn out well due to being aimed at a family audience, but I'll be curious to see how much of a trainwreck it ends up being if this goes ahead.
I just recently finished the cartoon. It was awful, but I felt compelled to check it out somehow. I imagine something simlar will happen here if this project does come through.
And if you ask me comparing a Zelda-related project to a story like Game of Thrones sets off all the trainwreck alarms. Not because GoT is bad - hell, I love the books -, but because they don't have anything in common. Hopefully that's just the informant's silly opinion rather than an actual ideal for its development. Then again, I expect it to be bad. Sorry for the skepticism, guys.
I'd love to watch it!
My body wasn't ready for this...
@Mario500 He can call it cheesy because ideas are existent things, otherwise we would not be able to talk about them if they were "nothing" as you put it.
Should of been animated or anime (like in the Palutena trailer).
Because Movies and Live Action shows SUCK. Sure there's the slim chance they can be good but most of the time they are hard to watch, and with this situation, how it's based off a game makes me worry more.
Of course I will watch though.
@LinkSword They are probably comparing it to how epic the show will be epic in scope and that it will have a large cast and budget. Edit: A good cast.
Wow... this came out of nowhere,this is great! If this works,maybe a Metroid series?
I think when they say it'll be "like Game of Thrones", they mean in terms of scope. i.e. many characters, side stories, big world. At least that's how I interpret it.
@theberrage If only Raul Julia could be in the show.
@LinkSword I'm guessing "Game of Thrones" esque because of fantasy with big sets and good cast, but possibly try and still draw in the GoT fans and their kids if they have any.
I'm having my doubts, but Nintendo could easily end up making s perfect TV show with the Zelda franchise. Hopefully the cast isn't downright awful.
this could very nice if they get the right people.
This could be really cool in parts. Imagine if there was a long sequence where Link is traversing a dungeon like the water temple. If they could replicate the exhaustion and shock I and many other players felt when they fought Dark Link in that bizarre room... that would be amazing. Just do some brutal knock-down, drag-out fight like the one in the last episode of season 4 of Game of Thrones... that would be amazing.
How to keep exploring dungeons and the world interesting, though, that's the trick.
I was referring to the idea of a new TV program based on the Legend of Zelda games not existing in physical form or not having manifested.
@ToneDeath BUT WHICH FIRE EMBLEM WOULD THEY PICK?!?!??
I REALLY would prefer cgi over live action.
"In terms of tone, it's supposedly aiming to be like a Game of Thrones for a family audience"
No, no, no.... Just... no...
The two series are completely different from each other- it's not a matter of "oh, this one is light-hearted family fun, and this one is decidedly more gritty and adult in tone." Their themes and settings are completely different.
The Legend of Zelda series is very much rooted within and revolves around mythology. Despite all of the pseudo-European architectural and cultural aesthetics, including castle towns and pseudo-European villages, the setting of each entry is not based solely upon the visible aethetics. They are built as part of a saga that spans eons- a presentation that has more in common with chronicling ancient Chinese, Buddhist, or Hindu epics than with medieval European political intrigue, within troughs and concrete walls.
Every entry (except Majora's Mask) has a relatively cheery outlook- even the post-apocalyptic setting of Wind Waker is surprisingly warm-hearted and bold. The tone and setting come together to form an almost ethereal bond, which to an Earthen human seems too fantastical and wild to be considered even remotely realistic.
Game of Thrones has none of those things. It is more based upon a fantasy version of medieval European history than any kind of mythology. (Unless you count the shadowy cults, which have their own founding in the ancient underground cults of yore on Earth.) Even by itself, that is a huge breaking point in tone.
Beyond that, there is literally no political intrigue at all in The Legend of Zelda series. All of the nasty behavior, backstabbing, short-lived, opportunistic alliances, and constant conflict and war, all characteristics which are closely linked to the history of medieval Europe, are largely missing from Zelda. That is not just because those themes are too "mature" for a wider audience, but also because they are not compatible with the... ideology, if you will, of the series. Anything resembling those themes in Zelda have historically been made into little more than mere footnotes, whereas Game of Thrones spends most of it's time concentrating on those themes.
If these live action movie creators really can not tell the difference between the defining settings, core themes, and unifying focal ideology behind each of these series, then they really are better off not touching it at all. Zelda is anything but compatible with the concept of "a family audience version of King of Thrones."
Fire Emblem is closer to Game of Thrones than Zelda, but it's more somewhere in between the two. It still doesn't really match the tone of Game of Thrones, even at it's worst, because the core themes are very much rooted in mythology and mythological terms- just as the Zelda series is. That is something which has to be understood, to grasp what differentiates a more dirty, "realistic" fantasy like King of Thrones, and a more bold, metaphorical fantasy like Fire Emblem.
@nf_2 @ToneDeath SPOILERS
If they did do a Fire Emblem series, I think FE4 and FE5 would make the best candidates: Geneology of the Holy War, and Thracia 776. That whole Jugdral chronology is much more blunt and brutal than any other continental series in Fire Emblem. It also actually includes political intrigue, rape, genocide, incest, slavery, child murder, corruption, and the annihilation of your entire army- all events which much more closely match the tone of Game of Thrones than any other chronology in Fire Emblem.
As such, the Jugdral chronology would be the best candidate for a Game of Thrones type of live action Nintendo series.
Not sure if anyone mentioned this but… there's a lot of room for love triangles and drama… Ruto, Malon, Midna, and others I'm sure.
I always wanted him to romance Ruto. Maybe now he will!
Such a bad/rubbish idea it will not translate well to live action, animation would be the way to go if you are going to do such a thing.
@freaksloan Political ideology by itself has nothing to do with personal etiquette or issues. That whole idea is snake oil that is being sold to twist people's minds into thinking a certain way about other people. It's just another way to divide different people, an action which mostly only serves the political elites.
Coincidentally, that sort of behavior is present in Game of Thrones... I think the point of displaying that kind of behavior in an art form such as Game of Thrones is to remind us of our past mistakes.
Your opinions are just that: opinions. Whining about others whining is getting tiresome. Also, this is not a political site and snarky comments regarding politics are frowned upon.
Even if the show is released, and epicly fails, its not like it'll disgrace the games any more than the previous cartoons did! (Or for that matter, the CDi cutscenes).
Do it Nintendo! Take the plunge! You've got nothing to lose!
@Dipper723 Oh no, I'd prefer a real anime and not an attempt of one, I'm not hating, I love avatar(can't say the same for Korra), but If we ever get an animated Zelda series again, I want it to be an anime... Something as badass as Shingeki no Kyoujin, DBZ...
for a family audience
"Well EXCUUUUUSE ME PRINCESS"
@PlywoodStick - I think you're over-analysing this. By 'Game of Thrones', I'm pretty sure they just mean 'it'll be a fantasy'.
I gotta feel for Nintendo. On one side, we have analysts and stock holders pulling one arm whilst shouting "Expand IP! MONEY NAO!". Meanwhile, fans are clutching Nintendo's other limb and crying "Everything is terrible! DON'T DO EET!11!1"
They are caught between a rock and a hard place. Still, it's clear that the firm is at least willing to take a chance and experiment with movies (like the Kid Icarus and Pikmin shorts, as well as Animal Crossing), and hasn't fully abandoned the TV space (Kirby).
I said this when the potential Mario movie was revealed, and I'll say it again here; the biggest issue with all of this is the ideology that permeates Nintendo's franchises. They emphasise the role of the player (the 'experience'), whilst complicated storytelling is a secondary goal (unlike, say, Sony's games). I feel that turning them into non-interactive experiences will dilute their appeal.
Still, I could be surprised. Maybe it'll be good.
....Considering that we haven't even seen any footage I don't think that it is possible to give an opinion yet... but I'm pretty scared right now. I just don't want Netflix to make a crappy show and cause anyone who hasn't played the series to think that Zelda as a whole is bad. There are so many things that could go wrong, yet if they pull it off it could be really cool. We will have to sit and wait...
I'm both thrilled and scared at the same time! If ghirahim's it, I'll lose me rupees!
@Kage_88 Even with expansion, the same mythological themes in the games are often present in other (usually Japanese created) media, as well. For example, the Super Mario Adventures and Link to the Past manga, created for Nintendo Power, felt natural in their progression from the base material of the games into worlds we had not yet been really exposed to. They successfully created new plots, themes, and character personae that complimented their origins, yet went beyond what we might expect. The manga creators didn't make the mistake of going out of their way to make Miyamoto's creations into something they're not, because they understood the base material and their underlying criteria.
There's nothing wrong with expansion, but it's very much worth evaluating how exactly it's done. It would be foolhardy to just try any idea that comes along, just because it sounds good and the people making the proposition seem passionate. That's not enough. There needs to be a unifying focus behind the projects, an understanding of what makes them tick.
That would be amazing! Nintendo hasn't really done much with anime in the past though which is sad... They did like 3 episodes for Fire Emblem and then it got discontinued which sucks because it was pretty good. I guess they also did some anime shorts for kid icarus too and those were pretty good. Anyway, a Legend of Zelda anime would be awesome.
I likely won't watch it, but if the show is half way decent, it can only be a positive thing for Nintendo
2 of the best shows i've watched in recent times are House Of Cards & Orange Is The New Black, Netflix could in theory do an amazing job of this, fingers crossed....
@Emaan OMG that's it! A Zelda CD-i sitcom!
King: Enough! My ship sets sail in the morning...
........I wonder what's for dinner?
Link: OH BOY! I'm so hungry, I could eat an Octorok!
canned laugh track button is pushed
I'd watch it...
@mick5 I think Zelda would be more akin to something like Vision of Escaflowne, Record of Lodoss War, Kino no Tabi (Kino's Journey), or even Mushishi than DBZ or Shingeki no Kyojin.
@Benjelo Well, there's also this:
I'm guessing comparing it to Game of Thrones is just mostly name dropping. They'd like It to be as successful as Game of Thrones. If Nintendo has opinions on the precise way that Bowser holds a teacup in Wreck it Ralph, I highly doubt they would ever let anybody get too experimental with something based on Zelda.
Still, I just can't see this ending well. Probably because nearly every movie or show ever that was based on a videogame has been pretty terrible. And if it does somehow work out, how about a Metroid show next? They can compare it to Dr. Who to get people excited and/or riled up...
@PlywoodStick Well, I don't know any of those, maybe I'm just a mainstream ¿anime watcher?, but the idea is "I'd prefer a badass anime of LoZ"
This all sounds promising actually. Netflix has some quality shows and I can't imagine they'd want to [email protected]$$ this when they're still pretty fresh in the original content game.
I hate to point out the obvious but for family doesn't have to mean a G rating, plenty of family viewing shows are PG-13.
My real question is who will play Tingle.
If Nintendo is involved in the production process, this'll turn out just fine. This isn't the 90's anymore, Nintendo will have more quality control on any of its franchises going to the big screen.
I am pretty sure anime is a a vastly more suitable medium for this. It could work out with proper writing and a good understanding of the source material.
........ I got nothing.
If you're an old school Zelda fan, then you need to watch "The Legend of Neil."
I'm absolutely ok with this, as it would bring more people interested in Zelda games.
Seems a lot of people are worried about this tv show of zelda. Whats wrong with you guys. Netflix has a good track record for producing good quality tv. I can’t wait for a zelda tv show. It will be amazing. Just wait and see.
@k8sMum you need to wake up. Politics is all around us in many different forms and Im not just taking about different ideologies. Why not have debates here about ethics and the errors of human society. If you haven't noticed there are elements of this in zelda games. If people frown upon chatting about politics anywhere then society is doomed.
I'll reactivate my netflix account for this! It's for a family audience so it can't be too much like GoT... but if they treat it with respect (unlike the Mario Bros bros film) then they're onto a winner!
@freaksloan Nintendo is still selling entertainment and it will do whay the loveydoveywuv it wants to keep the money coming in. Some people are very precious about their nintendo. Well itd.not theirs
We frown upon excessive profanity and flaming -Lz
Weird choice for me! Very few games have a decent story to them, and Zelda games certainly aren't in that small group. They just have basic narrative strands, but there's never a real story. Sure, they could write a great story set in Zelda's universe, but at that point, why even go for a licensed property? Just make something original and then you don't have to worry about interference from the IP holder.
'for the whole family' is entertainment speak for 'kids oriented'.
This could either end up being very awesome, or it could be a flop. Either way, I'm definitely curious about this.
Terry Gilliam to direct the pilot?
If I'm honest the only films of his I really like are Monty Python and the Holy Grail (which he co-directed) and Brazil. BUT those two films alone demonstrate his ability to depict a convincing medieval setting with limited means, give a sense of huge sale in his worlds and populate them with strange, often grotesque characters just like what we see all over Hyrule (and Termina).
The story would likely appeal to him too, seeing as he's been trying to make a Don Quixote film for a VERY long time.
Oh boy, I'm not intrigued at all !
you know I think Zelda is one of Nintendos franchises that could actually work in a live action setting, as long as it's done right and keeps to the lore and rules of the series
I also think Metroid could work as a live action series too
Got my flatmates Netflix password so I'm good with this - can't imagine it woukd do any harm, could be hilarious!
Okay, so here's my theory: the cartoon and the CD-i games were intentionally made as warts on the proverbial posterior of the Zelda franchise so it would get people like me thinking that "Hey, it couldn't be any worse than that horrible cartoon and the cancerous CD-i games, right?"
...And, dagnabbit, it worked. DAGNABBIT, I TELLS YA!
Well Netflix originals are normally great, MarcoPolo and Lillehammer being great examples. wonder if link will talk.
@Allx360 Or the Zelda Timeline.......Shudders
I am afraid of this.
If they are going to do it, I hope, that they are REALLY careful with the casting. Finding good enough fit for a Link will be difficult.
And even though we are not playing Link this time, I still think, that Link should be mute.
Well, some one mentioned Thomas Brodie-Sangster, and suddenly I believe, that it might be possible to make it happen. I think he might even be able to talk a bit as long as he is not very talkative person, and written with great care)
And I hope that Netflix fixes their Wii U app while at it.
Netflix have produced some great stuff - house of cards has amazing production value and the cinematography is excellent. If they can produce a Zelda series with a similar budget then it could be great. It all depends on the script and depth and complexity of the characters.
I've seen enough fan projects to know that live action Zelda only works as a parody. I'll remain hopeful, but that might be easier said than done. On a side note, I hope this means the cartoon series will go on Netflix eventually. We got The Super Mario Bros. Super Show, so why not?
Nobody has mentioned it yet so I'll chime in a day late.
Zelda <> GoT. Link is much more akin to Herucles or Xena, a lone guy wandering the world in search of a final battle against evil. Of course nobody in their right mind associated w/ this would utter either of those 2 "camp" names so they drop the name du jour.
This won't be as campy as those 2, but it won't be anything like GoT which has several plot lines going on at once across 2 continents. Link will have his horse Epona and probably a fairy side kick, who will be humourous like Sparx played by David Spade in the middle Spyro games or Daxter from Jak and Daxter. He'll travel from place to place and run into characters like Tingle and some evil mid level bosses and save the day. I think it could look a lot like the old Planet of the Apes live action tv show.
There also have been other tv shows not named GoT they could have dropped, currently on CW is Reign, which actually IS GoT for a family audience.
Whatever it is, it won't be anything like any Zelda game ever made. Probably more like "Sinbad" from a couple of years ago, but likely this show has already been made as "Legend of the Seeker".
The fanboys will complain no matter how hard Netflix tries to make it work. People won't accept that changes wiil have to be made.
Yeah, GoT is uber popular and fantasy, compare it to that. That's all. I would say they might go for some political intrigue and the characters will all have to be fleshed out quite a bit.
You've got your Impa character watching over Zelda who is going to be a rebellious youth pushed down by the King probably. Then there is Ganandorf who'll not just be uber enemy buy probably advisor or neighboring ally for a good deal of the show. Link will catch the attention of Zelda but be off on his quest meeting many characters and learning of his role. But to make it a TV show none of this can be black & white and simple. Relationships will have to be more complex and that intrigues me.
I hope that's the way it goes. The big problem for me is that the budget would have to be pretty big to do any sort of justice to the worlds form the games. These are quirky and grandiose and ancient. sigh Certainly seems like something that won't be lived up to.
@rjejr You're probably right, though. It will be Link traveling from place to place on his horse with his sidekick fairy. :/ Not really enthused about that.
Anyway, I always imagined an animated Zelda movie by Hayao Miyazaki as Zelda seems inspired by his creative vision quite a bit. Or maybe something with a giant budget but CG. Live action is a tough sell and as a TV series, I'm super skeptical but ultimately hopeful that it will be at least good.
Not much to go on yet, though.
Link will never talk, but Nintendo needs money.
@aaronsullivan - "I'm super skeptical but ultimately hopeful that it will be at least good."
But it can't be both Zelda and a good tv show. The 2nd Hobbit movie - Desolation of Smaug - is a pretty good movie, but it has very little resemblance to the book.
Link, Zelda and Ganandorf in a fantasy setting, that's about it. They could probably re-title it "The Adventures of Legolas" and it would be exactly the same show.
I am hopeful for this because Netflix generally has high level production values. Please do Link right!
We already have The Legend of Neil.
Glad but of course with concern. I honestly hope it's not so kiddy that I'm not embarrassed to say I watch it. Not that it needs to be a cursing filled blood bath either. Still more excited than worried with this one. I hope we see more of the different cultures and such. Perhaps more about Sheikah or Guerudo.
@stanleecroup k, you see here's the problem. All I know of Netflix's personal endeavors was Arrested Development Season 4 which was TERRIBLE they took a hilarious show, COMPLETELY derailed it's source content and it sucked.
I have VERY, VERY, VERY little hope this will be worth two craps. In fact I'm already convinced it will be terrible.
@Sakuraichu loves me some jontron!
@jakysnakydx to be fair, compared to most other comedies season 4 of arrested didn't suck. It did not, however, live up to the genius of the original run. Also, you can't blame Netflix for botching it. Mitchell Hurwitz had complete creative control and went that way with it. Netflix was financing and distributing, that was the extent of their involvement with arrested development. Also, (for better or worse) season 5 is in the works!
Please don't make it a kids show...
Just make it a show that is tailored for adults but is safe for kids to watch.
@RaphaBoss ...Like I said, they can always try agan with the next Link in the season 2.
@NintendoFan990 The report says "more family-friendly version of Game of Thrones". Doesn't mean it's going to be rated Y7.
This is going to be baaaad. You'd think because Nintendo is such a Japan-first company, that they'd have an anime movie first over there or something. Instead it's live-action with the promise of family friendly (think of those horrible shows on ABC) but they're also trying to apply Game of Thrones' structure to it.....making it sound like a "me-too!" series.
I have no hope for this. Get ready to see Jon Snow as talking Link.
Hate the idea of this, live action Netflix really ???? Have it animated by one of the most prestigious anime studios in Japan and maybe so but live action pfffffffft we've had BBC's Atlantis already thanks and don't need something as grim as that again.
I'm sure it's been said a couple times already, but the "family-friendly" GoT comparison is them just saying "it'll be a fantasy-based series without the sex, incest, etc." These comparisons are ALWAYS made in the TV and film world when you're pitching a new idea to people that aren't familiar with the franchise/content. I could just about guarantee there will be nothing GoT about this show (if it ends up getting made,) it's just a way to get across the feel or setting of the show to the general public. I also don't think the "family-friendly" label necessarily means it's going to be kiddy, more so along the lines of LotR. So chill out, everyone.
And I love all the people who seem to think they are the sole authority on what works as a TV show and what doesn't. All these people saying "it can't be Zelda AND good" or "Netflix is going to ruin Zelda." Please share with us your knowledge of the future, oh gifted ones.
They could make it like Once upon a time. That show has gotten horrendous, but you can see where I am going. A young man or boy has a condition or gets in a accident. He is in a coma. Thus beginning his legendary Hyrule adventure. Set in a world with Knights and Hyrulian mythology. He knows not his state only that he has awakened on the beach in a strange land. They have a lot to work with.
Haters gonna hate but let's support this for curiosity sake. So fickle.
I hope this makes it! I hope it has some Darkness to it and is not to goof'd up for the kids. If they go similar to the Arrow on the CW it could be a pretty decent show. Let's see how this turns out. Netflix has done pretty well with exclusive shows in the past.
They should absolutely start with Ocarina of Time and run with that storyline for the first season or 2
I don't believe it one bit! For one, Netflix is a American company. That already may be a barrier for the Japanese. Then Game of thrones is a dark/violent soap! If you remove the violence, then there still needs to be darkness and storylines. Nintendo isn't a story fan, nor are they any fans of darkness. Think about it: All their games from the past 10 years are cheery and family-friendly. The Metroid games where dark. Eternal darkness. Geist. Twilight princess. Majora's mask. Eartbound looked cheery on the surface, but had very dark themes. The only darker/more mature stuff is Bayonetta 2 and the new Xenoblade (though I do hope the new Xenoblade has some color. So far it looks much darker then the first one). Oh, and Devils third (but that looks bad and is more of a third-party game). But for the rest, all happy happy joy joy. That there is a Majora's mask remake now doesn't really count.
I think that Nintendo realized that "dark" stuff doesn't sell on Nintendo devices. But on the other handTwilight princess sold big, at least in the west. And many Zelda fans craved for Majora's mask 3D. But there really is no sign that Nintendo will make something edgy and dark again soon (apart from Xenoblade). Not a Zelda with dark themes (like Majora's mask) or a new Metroid anyway.
Don't get me wrong, I love the cheery stuff from Nintendo. And Zelda shouldn't become to dark and mature (and what's wrong with a child-Link?). But sometimes I wish they would make more edgy stuff. Because their stuff nowadays maybe looks a bit to harmless.
End of my rant!
@River3636 Yes if they did it like Once upon a Time with some Darkness to it. I think it could be wonderful. Once upon a time is even a better example than Arrow is. So much potential here! Like I said I just hope they don't goofy it up for a Children's show. Maybe the plan is to not goofy it up since Netflix don't go that way when producing a show. If it were on one of the major networks (NBC, CBS, FOX or ABC) it would probably be goof'D. I just thought of something though. If they did it like Sleepy Hollow on Fox that would be pretty awesome. It doesn't need to be that dark though.
The reason Nintendo is staying tight lipped about this is maybe they will open E3 with a teaser
I'm not worried. Back in the 80s and 90s, the peopke making movies and cartoons werent tbe fans of the games. Many people did it because their kids loved it. These days, the gamers have grown up and can now do the movies with the justice they deserve. There is a Zelda fan film out there that is ok but the budget was low. ImagIng what they can do with a good budget excites me. Also, it should be on Netflix and the eShop.
Hopefully the Game of Thrones reference is an indication that it will be high budget and a rich fantasy world with a sense of pervading darkness. Otherwise, I agree with the commenters that the concepts are remarkably different.
I think Lord of the Rings is a better comparison to Legend of Zelda. An unlikely hero with an outsized amount of courage sets out to stop a seemingly invincible evil force and along the way encounters all kinds of cool environments, characters, and weapons that aid him in his journey. But just as in LotR, the LoZ show can have a kind of dark, gritty, high budget feel. You can maybe throw in a little political intrigue regarding how Ganondorf takes over the throne of Hyrule, but ultimately the narrative needs to be relatively simple with emphasis on the good/evil battle, the impossibleness of the task, and the journey from reluctant boy to awesome hero.
@everyone complaining about Link talking: He spoke in the manga series, and they aren't awful. Why is the thought of Link having a voice such a terrible thing? I hope most of the people saying that are joking...
@rjejr I'm not as pessimistic as that! TV is in a pretty good state right now. I think if Netflix is going forward with this someone has a good idea at least. Still a tricky balance, of course, and past shows don't show much of a precedent for this one to succeed.
If this does go forward, I bet we'll have a good idea what direction was taken from a screenshot or two.
@aaronsullivan - Funny timing. Was watching Dragon Ball w/ my family a few hours ago and when I moved the DB box set I found the complete season 1 of Legend of the Seeker behind it. I think my wife may have brought it home free from work.
I'd watch it, but sounds like it really needed a season 3. Just found out Constantine may not get renewed, my new favorite show from this season. Every year I kill a show Which is bad b/c I only ever watch 3 or 4 shows a year - White Collar, Tomorrow People, The Event, Flashforward. I guess more shows do get canceled than renewed though, kind of like restaurants.
If it helps attract females and casuals to Zelda and helps boost Zelda Wii U sales, I'm all for it. I have really low expectations though at this point.
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