The two big Ns – Nintendo and Netflix – are working on a Legend of Zelda live-action television series, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.
A “person familiar with the matter” spoke to WSJ, describing the show as “Game of Thrones for a family audience.” Which probably just means “has swords and horsies,” because that’s about all Zelda has in common with the hit HBO series based on George R. R. Martin’s novels.
The two companies are apparently working very closely together on the property. Nintendo has typically been quite careful about its properties and has been burned a few times over the years with creations like the 1989 Zelda series responsible for the phrase “Well excuse me, Princess!” As WSJ states, it seems likely that Nintendo could put a halt to the project if it looks like it could damage the brand in the slightest.
The pair is still seeking a writer, so don’t expect the show to appear until well after the next game hits shelves. If this project is indeed in development and makes it to our Netflix queues, it’ll be interesting to see how they make the transition from a property with lots of well-known cartoony imagery to a live-action setting.