Legend of Zelda: rumor, truth, hope, or despair?


First I've heard of it. What say ye all?

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Ok, so since the boards ate my post, here's the short version. Source of rumor is the Wall Street Journal so seems legit, I am excited and hopeful, and if the little one allows me time will come back after work to post a possibly Tacticslion worthy wall-o-text.


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My feelings on this one are really complicated, but I strongly suspect the Journal article was pure clickbait, especially since Nintendo and Netflix have yet to even hint of anything.

Believe me, my inner child would be half elated and half terrified by the concept. On the one hand, Zelda has suffered some bad adaptations in the past ("Excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, Princess."/"I CAN'T WAIT TO BOMB SOME DODONGOS!") and some of the wackier elements of some of the games won't translate well to serious live action, even if it's aimed at being family friendly high fantasy.

On the other hand, live action Legend of Zelda. If it could bring some non-grimdark fantasy to TV and translate the visuals of certain games to screen successfully, it could be something special. There are so many flavors of LoZ to choose from that could work too. Want something steadfastly innocent in tone, you've got the "child Link" games to mine aplenty. Want something with more mature and nuance but still not grimdark? Twilight Princess has your ticket. Want something that meshes the two and stumbles "accidentally" into nightmare fuel at the drop of a hat? Well, Majora's Mask is probably a bit out there as a launching point, but it's there.

But damn, it would be an expensive show to produce. That is, it would be expensive to produce something that looked good and stayed reasonably true I the source material. And it would also require some focus on an expanded cast and, this is he trickiest bit, actually develop Link's character. Admittedly he does have touches of characterization spread throughout the later games, but as a character who was by design left open for the player to fill in it would be an extremely difficult task.

Still, young!me would be freaking out about this being a possibility. And just as heartbroken as all those other kids that woke up to 2015 to discover that Mattel still hasn't released a working hoverboard.

(God, if they went with older!Link, the fanfic community would explode after Dark Link and crossdressing-ninja!Zelda showed up)

Now I'm going to be looking up Katsuya Terada Zelda artwork again all day...

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Ok, less sure about this now. It seems the source of this is not from the Journal proper, but a blog on their site who's author won't even say where he got the information.

But assuming it is true, Mikaze makes a lot of good points. There is a lot of range within the games to decide what type of story they would want to tell. However, the article "Netflix is describing it as 'Game of Thrones' for a family audience", and political intrigue is something that is fairly lacking in the games. Not that it couldn't be added easily enough. It is also entirely possible that they could have simply meant a serious fantasy series with the Game of Thrones comparison.

As which game to adapt (if any one in particular), smart money would be on Ocarina of Time. It's fairly middle of the road as far as maturity, and remains one of the most popular games in the series. If they wanted, they could focus on the 7-year gap where Ganondorf takes over Hyrule. While it would be a bit of a risky more or less writing Link out of the series, it might actually be smart. I mean, how many people have you met that thought Link was Zelda because of the title? It could actually be the Legend of Zelda in more than just name. This could also bring in that Game of Thrones style political intrigue and warfare that is not in the games.

Personally, I would love to see them focus on Ganondorf a bit. The games don't typically give too much of his side of the story (just a couple of sentences in Wind Waker that I can recall). Ganondorf has always been an intriguing character to me, and I really want to see him with more depth than "I will conquer Hyrule because POWER!!!"

Cost, as Mikaze already mentioned, would definately be a factor. I don't know the budgets of the other Netflix origials, but as far as I know they are all either have little to no sfx or are animated. It would be tragic for an otherwise good show to be ruined by shoddy effects or bad make-up.

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