UPDATE: The rumour that Netflix and Nintendo were teaming up for a live action take on The Legend Of Zelda saga seemed a bit too good to be true at the time. Now it seems confirmed that – um, well, yeah – it wasn’t true.
“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,” Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata told Time magazine, “but I can at least confirm that the article in question is not based on correct information.”
Although that doesn’t exactly deny the possibility that Nintendo-themed telly series could happen at some point in time, it pretty much kills the Zelda-on-Netflix-currently-in-development rumour stone dead.
Here’s our original story anyway, if you fancy reminiscing…
Here’s an interesting one, which already seems to have split opinions since breaking over the weekend. In case you missed it, the crux of the story is this: Netflix is apparently developing a Legend Of Zelda TV series.
The beloved video game franchise has spawned a TV series before, but only in animated form. Now, a live action version is believe to be in development. Nintendo is famously strict about giving out the rights to this franchise, so we’d expect a lot of money (and/or a ruddy good pitch) to be on the table in order for this to become a reality.
For the Nintendo avoiders of the world – Legend Of Zelda is an adventure game focusing on a young chap named Link who must rescue the princess Zelda by travelling across a mystical land and picking up new weapons and abilities on the way. His journey to adulthood has been covered and subsequently undone (more on the series’ debatable timeline here) in the lengthy series, too.
An additional rumour also flew around the web claiming that the whopping juxtaposition of a ‘family-friendly Game Of Thrones’ vibe was the intended tonal direction of the show.
As of yet, Netflix has declined to comment on the matter, so we wouldn’t go as far as to say this one was confirmed. It sure is a juicy rumour though, which is sure to have some gamers overjoyed and others mildly peeved.
We’ll pass on any more updates on this one should they arrive.
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