There have been plenty of rumours and mumblings over the past few years suggesting that The Legend of Zelda might end up getting its very own TV series – remember the live-action Netflix show that was going to be like a friendlier Game of Thrones? – but no such thing has materialised. That live-action project was reportedly canned by Nintendo after it leaked, seemingly putting the gaming giant off the idea of TV adaptations entirely, but things have changed since then.
Fast forward to the present day and we know that Mario's getting his own movie in 2022, and Nintendo's opened up about the fact that it's already looking into more animations beyond that; could Zelda finally get the animated treatment fans have been waiting for?
Well, the folks over at Zelda Dungeon have sat down with Powerhouse Animation's David Howe, Editor on the current Castlevania animated series airing on Netflix, to chat about how a Zelda adaptation might work. Perhaps the most important question for now is whether the prospect of a Zelda show is even likely – here's what Howe had to say:
"Well I think there’s precedent for it…I personally own a couple copies of the Ocarina of Time manga, so they’ve already adapted it into a serialized manga format…and I think if something works in a manga format then it would work in an anime. And then there’s also the world building."
Thankfully, should the opportunity arise, it seems there are plenty of experienced folk out there who'd love to work on such a project.
"I know for me personally and probably for some people I’ve talked to as well, whenever the rumors of a live-action Zelda Netflix show came up, obviously we were pumped; but at the same time we were always like–I feel like this would work better as an anime.
"I don’t want to speak for my co-workers, but if you look around the office at Powerhouse Animation, we’re all nerds. We’re all huge fans of Zelda and Metroid…I feel like anyone would chomp at the bit to make a show like this."
You can read the full interview here if you're interested; Howe reveals that his dream Zelda anime would "be for adults... taking it seriously and giving the characters and the world the respect they deserve".
What about you? Do you think The Legend of Zelda deserves its own show or movie? What would you want from such a thing? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.
Thanks to Davis for the tip!