‘The Legend of Zelda’ Netflix Series Denied by Nintendo Boss?
About a month ago, surprising news broke that Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda might at long last get the live-action treatment with a Game of Thrones-style Netflix series, odd considering the video game juggernaut’s usual reticence with intellectual properties. Now, Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata has reportedly denied the project’s development, albeit with a bit of wiggle room.
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Described as “Game of Thrones for a family audience,” the new Zelda series was to follow the traditional gaming model of a boy named Link charged with rescuing Princess Zelda from the forces of evil, though the initial report noted that no writers had yet been chosen, nor had Nintendo made any final plans toward the adaptation.
News of live-action Legend of Zelda seemed too good to be true in the first place, though of interest to note is that Iwata’s words only state “as of now,” also leaving vague what WSJ got wrong about the initial story. Will Nintendo move forward with potential plans, or will a live-action Link remain firmly in Hyrule legend?