Netflix has been rocking some pretty awesome series lately. A lot of the original content has been fresh and supportive of unique storytelling. Last month, The Wall Street Journal claimed that a live action adaptation of Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda was in the works, a shining beacon of light that gave gamers hope for a better tomorrow. But unfortunately the house that Mario built has dispelled these rumors.
In a recent interview with Time, Nintendo’s CEO Satoru Iwata, went on record to talk about the company’s on-goings with the 3DS, his take on free-to-play gaming, and of course the big gossip surrounding a Legend of Zelda series with Netflix:
“As of now, I have nothing new to share with you in regard to the use of our IPs for any TV shows or films, but I can at least confirm that the article in question is not based on correct information.”
The WSJ’s insider source close to Netflix stated that the show was in the early stages of development. The series would focus on an ordinary boy named Link who takes on the duties of rescuing Princess Zelda in the land of Hyrule. Sounds pretty Legend of Zelda-y to me. The story also described the series to be Game of Thrones-esque, but for more family audiences.
Nintendo keeps its IPs pretty close to the vest, and has not seen great success when shelling out its properties for outside gain a la 1993’s Super Mario Bros starring Bob Hoskins as Mario and John Leguizamo as Luigi.
Iwata’s comment is not a concrete “no,” only stating that the information is incorrect. You can take that with a grain of salt, but if the company is planning on or is developing this TV show, you’d bet that they’d want to make the announcement themselves through an official announcement with storyboards or something to make a grand spectacle of it all.
I for one would be in favor of seeing what Netflix could do with the series given the right stars and showrunner. E3 is only a few months away, perhaps if they are working on it, they’d unveil the news this June.
Nintendo’s next adventure with The Legend of Zelda for the Wii U is expected to release sometime this year.