The last attempt by Nintendo on a live-action version of Zelda was the 1993 Super Mario Bros. film — a notorious flop. Nintendo has been hesitant ever since in turning its franchises into movies or TV shows. Only one season aired of the animated version of Zelda in 1989, where the “Excuse me, princess,” reference originates.
The series might have a little trouble grasping a captivating plot with audiences because of its rather consistent story line of ordinary boy Link rescuing the princess Zelda each and every time. The concept is a little too traditional for my taste, but Netflix has varied options in setting and art style from the game to transform this piece creatively.
The project still has a long way to go, and Netflix or Nintendo could nix it before writing even starts.
In light of the news, the Internet blew up in skeptical and hilarious tweets.
NETFLIX: Are you still watching The Legend of Zelda: Live Action Show? ME: OF COURSE ARE YOU KIDDING ME I'VE WAITED MY ENTIRE LIFE FOR THIS— Brian Altano (@agentbizzle) February 6, 2015
Dear @netflix, I hereby acquiesce to your request that I play Ganondorf in your Legend of Zelda series.— Jim Sterling (@JimSterling) February 6, 2015
Netflix are developing a live action Legend Of Zelda series. I’m conflicted. #orlandobloom4Linkomg— Dean Dobbs (@DeanDobbs) February 6, 2015
TLOZ Netflix to be like Game of Thrones, but family friendly? So...not like Game of Thrones at all, then.— Patricia Hernandez (@xpatriciah) February 6, 2015
4. The actor who plays Link will be ridiculed and perhaps reviled, even if he is good— Joe Bernstein (@jbasher) February 6, 2015