Adi Shankar, the producer responsible for arguably the best video game adaptation of all time, is setting his sights on The Legend of Zelda, according to a report from The Wrap. Shankar first teased a new mystery project yesterday on Instagram, saying that he could confirm that he’s “working with an iconic Japanese gaming company to adapt one of their iconic video game series into a series.”
Shankar also revealed that he’ll make an official announcement on “Nov. 16 at 1 pm.” It’s unclear what time zone he is referring to, though.
The Wrap reports that the “iconic Japanese gaming company” is indeed Nintendo. If confirmed, this shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. The company behind some of the biggest characters in gaming has said in recent years that it would like to explore new movies based on its properties. It’s reasonable that Nintendo might also be looking at TV series opportunities, especially after the massive success of Shankar’s Castlevania series, which has been a critical darling since the first season released on Netflix in 2017. Soon after Castlevania‘s debut, Shankar was hired to work on an Assassin’s Creed animated series.
With the renewed success of Castlevania‘s second season, it should be no surprise that even more publishers are knocking at Shankar’s door. In fact, this isn’t even the first time a Legend of Zelda animated series has been rumored. In 2015, Wall Street Journal reported that Nintendo was collaborating on a Zelda series with Netflix. Late Nintendo president Satoru Iwata shut down the WSJ report at the time but it seems like the Big N might have a renewed interest in the project.
This would be the second Zelda TV series. The first aired for 13 episodes from September to December 1989. Today, the series is remembered more as an oddity to say the least.
We’ve reached out to Shankar’s representative about the project and will let you know when we hear back.