Either a fanboy’s dream or a project doomed to fail, the announcement that Netflix are in the early stages of developing a live-action Legend of Zelda show with Nintendo has been nothing if not divisive.
And it’s not hard to see why. Nintendo’s track record on videogame adaptations (especially live-action ones) hasn’t exactly been stellar.
And I think we’re all better off forgetting the last time The Legend of Zelda graced the airwaves.
Plus, there seems to be something inherently difficult in translating videogames out of their medium, as the multitude of lousy videogame movies can attest to.
However, I think there is still hope for this series. The success of Game of Thrones shows that people still have an appetite for fantasy and The Legend of Zelda can provide a less bloody and incest-filled alternative. Additionally, while any Legend of Zelda adaptation will need to have Link, Zelda, Ganondorf and the Triforce, the lack of any formula outside of that means that the developers have free reign as to where they want to take the series. Finally, it’s a Legend of Zelda T.V. show. The chance to see these characters on screen (albeit the same screen through a different medium) is well worth the chance of the show sucking.
While there are a dozen reasons why this project might never come off the ground, for the moment it has given something for all The Legend of Zelda fans to hope for.
Sources: The Wall Street Journal