Back in February, the Wall Street Journal reported that Netflix was developing a live-action series based on the insanely popular video game franchise [The Legend of Zelda](movie:988445). According to the article, the streaming service's show would be "about an ordinary boy named Link who must rescue a princess named Zelda and save a fantasy world called Hyrule" and was called "Game of Thrones for a family audience".
Given that The Wall Street Journal is nothing if not usually a reliable source (it's hardly some random film blog, after all), these words were taken to heart by nerds the world over, and we all got extremely excited about the possibility of seeing the sword-swinging Link brought to life. (You can read my original take on the news here.)
However, this week Time Magazine released a really fascinating interview with Nintendo CEO Saturo Iwata, in which he claims that the original story wasn't necessarily true.
As of now, I have nothing new to share with you in regard to the use of our IPs for any TV shows or films, but I can at least confirm that the article in question is not based on correct information.
This little snippet has been leapt on by many bloggers as definitive proof that a Zelda series was just a juicy rumor, and won't actually be happening, but I'm not so sure.
For one thing, there's a common trend with Hollywood-esque rumors, where actors, directors, studios (really, everyone involved) remains tight-lipped under questioning despite knowing what's going on behind the scenes. Jason Momoa and those [Aquaman](movie:264237) rumors, anyone?
Surely if there was no project so much as being considered, Iwata would have simply stated that - why dance around the question like this? At least the information isn't correct? Well, that could mean just about anything - maybe it's a totally different take than originally reported, maybe it's not intended to be a family-friendly show, or maybe it's just that there is some snippet of the original information that isn't "correct".
I'm still holding out for Netflix to do something awesome with my hands-down favorite game (at least, that's what I spent far too many hours playing on my Gameboy...). Swords and gowns and legends are incredibly popular right now, and choosing not to take advantage of the nerd audience just isn't a smart move.
What do you think of this latest development?