If you use Netflix a lot and like the Legend of Zelda video game series, you may have heard rumors about a streaming service version of the popular video game series for a long time.
The Legend of Zelda has been turned into a TV show in the form of a single-season cartoon from 1989. People are getting excited about a newer version of the show returning to TV.
But do these rumors have any truth to them? Well, yes, but maybe not. The adaptation already has a long and exciting history, and its future is uncertain. We'll tell you what we know and think might happen next.
Will There Be a Netflix Show About Zelda?
This story has a little more truth to it than you might think. In 2015, The Wall Street Journal said that a Zelda show was “in the works” at Netflix. The WSJ noted that Netflix was “in the early stages of developing a live-action series” about Zelda and was looking for writers to work on the show.
The project's tone was said to be “Game of Thrones for a family audience,” which sounds like a great idea, but Nintendo didn't want to talk about that report. In those days, the report said: “Netflix has a long way to go before it can make a Legend of Zelda show because it is still looking for a writer to work on it.
There is also a chance that Netflix or Nintendo will kill the project before it even starts.” After more than seven years, there has still been no official announcement of the project. Because of this, fans are taking matters into their own hands by putting together fan casts and making eye-catching artwork that isn't from the studio.
In terms of movies based on Nintendo games, the next big one will be the Super Mario Bros movie. If that one does well, it might make it more likely that Zelda will be adapted in the future.
Recent hits like Cyberpunk: Edgerunners and League of Legends: Arcane, as well as The Witcher series, have helped make a case for game-inspired content on Netflix (which is technically based on the books, but the games certainly benefited as well).
Not to mention The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, the upcoming sequel to the popular Breath of the Wild game. This will put Zelda on the pop culture map in a big way, which could make Netflix try again with an adaptation. For now, it doesn't look like the Zelda Netflix show will be made quickly. But if that ever changes, we'll be sure to tell you!
Why is a Zelda Netflix Series Being Discussed So Much?
The recent buzz about a possible Netflix show based on The Legend of Zelda seems to have come from Dan Leveille, a digital artist at DeviantArt. He has used AI technology to make a series of beautiful posters for the show.
It's important to note that this is not official art from Netflix or Nintendo. Instead, it's just fan art based on fan-casting choices. But, as you can see below, it's still pretty neat. Spider-Man star Tom Holland plays Link, and Emma Watson plays Zelda in Leveille's fan art.
Idris Elba, Maisie Williams, Sadie Sink, Jameela Jamil, Danny DeVito, Meryl Streep, Steve Buscemi, and Gemma Chan play supporting roles. It would be a solid group if that were the cast of a Zelda show or any other TV show.