Is Netflix Making a Live-Action “Legend of Zelda” TV Series?

By Vince Matthews

Created by famous Nintendo Japanese game designers Shigeru Miyamoto, Takashi Tezuka and Eiji Aonuma, the Legend of Zelda is easily one of the most popular video game series of all time.

One of the most success game series of all time, The Legend of Zelda could be coming to Netflix.

In all, about 20 Legend of Zelda games have been released for various Nintendo systems since the game was first introduced in 1987. The game follows the adventures of Link, a young boy who must find his way in an ancient world while looking for a princess – named Zelda.

The kid-friendly, sword-and-sorcery epic has sold more than 52 million copies since its release.

Now comes word that the online-streaming giant Netflix, based in Los Gatos, California (just down the street from Digital Media Academy‘s offices) is working with Nintendo to produce a live-action series based around the property. Think Games of Thrones, but much more family-friendly.

The original 8-bit Legend of Zelda is considered a classic in video game circles.

Nintendo (which is very protective about its key characters like Mario, Link and Pokemon) has declined comment about the rumor, although sources close to Netflix say that the series is definitely in the works.

Don’t get too excited yet, however. Netflix is still searching for a writer and showrunner who would ultimately develop the program.

It’s not the first time Link has found his way to television. In 1989, an animated Legend of Zelda series ran for a single season.

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