In 1986, the first Legend of Zelda game was released, telling the story of Link, an elf-like boy on a mission to save Princess Zelda. A few spinoffs tried to follow, the most current becoming The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which was critically acclaimed in 2017, and The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, which is a remake of the 1993 Game Boy game.
In 2015, rumors began to circulate that Netflix was developing a live-action Legend of Zelda series. However, as quickly as possible as we found out about the series, it was announced that Nintendo had cancelled it. So, what went wrong? Nintendo, it turns out, became concerned about word of the show leaking out and decided not to move forward after all – which, given the circumstances, seems like an odd reason.
Legend of Zelda: Why Netflix Cancelled Production?
Adam Conover confirms why the live-action The Legend of Zelda TV series was cancelled by Netflix and Nintendo. Conover discussed his work on a different Nintendo property – a Claymation Star Fox adaptation – during an appearance on The Serf Times podcast. However, after word of Zelda’s existence was leaked to the Wall Street Journal, both Star Fox and Legend of Zelda were shut down.
“Then, a month later, there were reports that Netflix was no longer going to do its Legend of Zelda,” Conover explained. “‘What happened?’ I wondered. Then I got word from my boss that we wouldn’t be doing Star Fox any longer. ‘What actually occurred?’ I wondered. ‘Somebody at Netflix disclosed the Legend of Zelda thing, they weren’t supposed to talk about it, Nintendo freaked out… and they shut down everything, the entire program to adapt these things,’ he said.”
I’m not yet confident why Nintendo was so concerned about a story scandal that they’d pull the trigger completely, but hey, it’s their choice. However, Nintendo hasn’t always had the best luck with live-action adaptations of their characteristics, so it’s possible they simply got cold feet. The Legend of Zelda is still a hugely popular Nintendo franchise, and while an animated series based on the games aired in 1989, no live-action adaptations have been made, despite the fact that a live-action adaptation is bound to pique people’s interest. Will Nintendo attempt another live-action or other medium adaptation of Zelda?
Nintendo may be expecting to see how viewers response to the animated Super Mario Bros. film, which is set to release in 2022, before having to move forward with the other game adaptations.
Legend of Zelda: Box Office Potential
The Legend of Zelda’s fanbase has grown significantly in recent years, with even Netflix’s golden angelic voices its praises. The franchise is a shoo-in for box office hit, thanks to an ever-growing fan base.
Even if a Zelda movie fails to impress critics, it has a good chance of being a box office success. The film would have continued to struggle if it had been made in the early days of the franchise, but it would have a better chance in a post-Marvel Studios world.
Legend of Zelda: Would Be Either Animation or Live-Action
Whatever direction the film takes, one thing Zelda has going for it is its ability to switch art styles quickly. The games’ graphics have ranged from hyper-realistic to cartoony to cel-shaded, but they’ve all felt like Zelda.
A live-action or animated Zelda film could be made, with both being viable options for showcasing the franchise’s strengths. Everything will likely fall into place as long as the story maintains what makes Zelda so unique.
Legend of Zelda: Isn’t Too Complex
Zelda always has been a sequence with non-linear plots, which could potentially harm the franchise’s likelihood of acquiring a movie. Zelda’s vast open canon may be too complicated to adapt into a film, with multiple dungeons, locations, enemies, and even timelines.
If the story is stripped down, the film may not feel like a true Zelda story, which is a problem that other video game adaptations have. While the core elements of Zelda could easily be translated, the rest of the game’s baggage could be considered a risk.
Legend of Zelda: The Franchise Has Survived Much Difficulty
The Zelda CDI games aren’t likely to win any awards anytime soon, as they’re all considered low points in the Zelda franchise. Despite this, The Phillips CDI did not kill the franchise, and it is still going strong today.
Despite the fact that the Zelda CDI games are now YouTube Poop fodder, they demonstrate the franchise’s resilience. The Legend of Zelda would survive even if a film based on the franchise failed, as the franchise’s ability to endure has been demonstrated.
Legend of Zelda: Trailer (IGN’s Prank)
IGN launched one very believable trailer for a Legend of Zelda movie as an April first prank, unbelievably trying to troll the Zelda fanbase. Whereas the trailer was a fake story, it gave fans a good idea of how the film might look.
The footage shown in the trailer looked promising, and it looked visually stunning. Whereas the film should not copy the trailer and will almost certainly do its own thing, IGN effectively provided Nintendo with a free blueprint for a Zelda film.
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