Have you heard the latest buzz in the gaming and movie world? Nintendo's illustrious "The Legend of Zelda" might soon be gracing the cinema screens. Now, how exciting is that?
In the wake of the roaring success of the Super Mario Bros. movie, it seems like the power duo of Universal and Illumination are once again in negotiation mode with Nintendo. This time, they aim to bring another legendary franchise, "The Legend of Zelda," into the realm of the silver screen.
As per the chatters discussed on "The Hot Mic" (video below; right around the 2:40 mark) with Jeff Sneider and John Rocha, it seems that a feature film centered around the beloved game franchise is in the early stages of development. If this rumor proves accurate, it could well be a monumental move for Illumination, putting them firmly on the map as a heavy-hitter in video game adaptations.
Let's throw it back to 2015, when whispers of a live-action television series based on "The Legend of Zelda" began to circulate. With Netflix reportedly at the helm of the project, it had fans on the edge of their seats. Alas, a leak to the press seemed to stop Nintendo in their tracks, and the project was abruptly canned.
The ever-entertaining comedian and voice actor, Adam Conover, gave us an insider's glimpse into what went down behind the scenes during his interview on "The Serf Times" podcast. Conover, who had his fingers in a different Nintendo pie at the time, was well-positioned to give some insights.
"Now this might not mean a lot to many people," he shared, "But here's a story I can finally talk about. Back in 2015, there was this news buzzing around that Netflix was about to take on "The Legend of Zelda" and turn it into a live-action TV show. This had the gaming community all abuzz... Around the same time, I was at CollegeHumor, and we were secretly in the works to create a claymation version of Star Fox, in collaboration with Nintendo."
However, just as anticipation was peaking, it was reported that Netflix had abruptly abandoned the Zelda project. Conover was similarly informed that their Star Fox project had been dropped. Puzzled, he probed his boss about what had happened.
His boss replied, "Someone over at Netflix let slip about the Legend of Zelda project, which they weren't supposed to. Nintendo, they didn't take it well... and decided to pull the plug on everything, the entire program to adapt these things."
Well, it seems like Nintendo likes to keep their cards close to their chest. But, let's hope this time the negotiations for a Zelda feature film play out smoothly, and we can finally see Link and Zelda on the big screen. It's a thrilling prospect that has gamers and movie-goers alike waiting with bated breath!