My internet broke yesterday. It wasn't a faux-celebrity's rear that did it; it was news about Netflix working with Nintendo to develop a live action 'Zelda' series. Reactions ranged from excited to instant skepticism that it would be anything of worth watching. Every article and comments section included the infamous line "EXCUUUUUUUUUSE ME, PRINCESS!"
I'm filled with various thoughts and questions that no one will care about.
theorizes Netflix wants a family-friend "Game of Thrones". If someone says to me, ""Game of Thrones" but with "Zelda" and PG" I'm still excited. I don't think they will go insanely character driven the way GoT is, nor have the intrigue, political motivations, or really much of anything to do with the series other than people have swords. I assume it'd be more in line with Sam Raimi's televised fantasy offerings.
+ Where they choose to film the series will have an effect on its quality, I think. Everything these days is location, location, location. Will they film in backlots and green screens of LA? New Zealand? Europe? Canada?
+ Already I'm wondering who they're going to get to do the music and whether they'll be allowed to use the game's themes.
+ Even if it's like that live action "Conan The Adventurer" series starring Rolf Moller I'm still going to freaking enjoy it. While cheesy as hell, I enjoyed the heck out of that one season show. That's where my bar of expectation is currently set... Yes, I know it's not that high, but if falls short of even that it'll be that much more disappointing.
+ 'Zelda' lends itself to a series thanks in part that it's the same myth retold time and time again. You have Link, Zelda, and a villain (most likely Ganon) and you don't really go wrong. Even if they don't follow one of the odd timelines Nintendo identified, it wouldn't be blasphemous.
+ I'm again saddened by Robin Williams's passing as he would've been a great actor to rope into this project.
Well, I wish Netflix's development team all the best and I'm happy Nintendo is willing to play ball with this. It may be a bit before this ever sees the light of day, but hopefully most people will be more happy with it than disappointed.