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Report: Live-Action ‘Legend of Zelda’ Series in the Works at Netflix


Netflix’s increasingly bold programming moves could be taking the video streaming service to Hyrule.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the company is in the “very early stages of development” on a live-action series based on the blockbuster video-game franchise The Legend of Zelda.

The newspaper’s unnamed source contends Netflix is characterizing the fantasy-adventure as “Game of Thrones for a family audience.” No writer is attached, and The Journal cautions the project could die just as quickly as it started.

Netflix is reportedly working with Nintendo, which has resisted licensing its properties since the 1993 live-action flop Super Mario Bros. However, as we learned in December, the Japanese game developer appears to be opening up to overtures from Hollywood, and has had discussions with producer Avi Arad about an animated Super Mario Bros. movie.

Debuting in 1986, The Legend of Zelda centers on Link, an ordinary in the fantasy world of Hyrule who must rescue Princess Zelda from the antagonist Ganondorf.

A 13-episode Legend of Zelda animated series aired in syndication in 1989.


  • yuv

    this is such a terrible idea

  • Dirk

    No, thank you.

  • angrykirby

    you guys are negative nellies in the highly unlikely chance they do this right it will be amazing

  • Anthony H

    I would have preferred a new animated series, but I’ll certainly give this a chance if it gets made.

  • Nate Dauer

    Well, excuuuuuuuse me, Princess.

  • penguintruth

    Who’s playing Navi? LOOK LOOK LISTEN LOOK LOOK

  • Sea.Dilemma

    If it’s well-written and well-cast, it could be good.

  • Sowat

    The great thing about Zelda games is every few years there’s a completely new version of Link and Zelda. Just about every Nintendo console changes the series. The Link, Zelda and Impa for your old NES aren’t the same ones on your N64, and they aren’t the same ones on your Wii and upcoming Wii U, either.

    Link from Ocarina of Time is not Skyward Sword Link is not Wind Waker Link is not TLoZ Link is not CDi Link (thankfully) is not original Animated Series Link is not Phantom Hourglass Link…we’ve had old woman Hylian Impa, we’ve had younger warrior Impa, last of the Shiekahs…you get the idea.

    This show could be a flop or something really cool. Or in between, just meh. But whatever it is, it’s just another version of characters we’ve had tons of versions of before so in that light, it’s not a huge deal. Unless it turns out to be awesome and is a huge deal. Look at how many versions of Spider-Man and Batman we get. Avengers have had TWO cartoons since the movie. It’ll be ok.