Ever since IGN teased us 10 years ago with an April Fool’s Joke Trailer, Nintendo traditionalists and fans have been clamoring for a live-action Zelda series. Since then, there have been numerous attempts at lighting a fire in the powers-that-be to make a movie or television series, whether via online petitions or fan-made trailers. Considering that Shankar deals in animation, this could also be yet another animated series, one that could definitely rival the short-lived animated series, The Legend of Zelda, from 1987, which lasted just 13 episodes.
To further build on the speculation, Shankar posted, via his personal Instagram, ‘I can confirm that I’m working with an iconic Japanese gaming company to adapt one of their iconic video game series into a series. On Nov. 16 @ 1pm, I’m going to announce what it is. I love you all. Thank you for following me on this journey. Entertaining you guys continues to be a privilege.” His caption for the picture credited his work on Castlevania as to the reason for the opportunity.
Shankar and Co. just released the second season of Castlevania, which has been more widely-accepted than the shorter first season, with critics dubbing it an ‘incredible improvement’. He has been producing film and television since 2010. He also produced the awesome hip-hop inspired film, Bodied, in 2017, which tells the story of a graduate student that finds success, while also sparking outrage, when his interest in battle-rap as a thesis subject becomes a competitive obsession. He has also served such other amazing projects as, Dredd, A Walk Among the Tombstones, Machine Gun Preacher, Lone Survivor, all of which he was an executive producer on. He will also be producing the upcoming I Saw the Devil, which was previously announced.
Nintendo currently has a Super Mario Bros. animated film in the works, in conjunction with Illumination Entertainment, which was announced earlier this year (more about that HERE), so it would just make sense that the next in line is The Legend of Zelda, or at least we hope so. The game originally debuted in 1987 on the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and has stretched out over 17-different sequels, across all of the studio’s consoles, including handheld systems, while one of its primary characters, Link, has appeared in numerous other fighting games as well.
The official announcement as to a possible The Legend of Zelda series, as previously stated, is coming on November 16. Whether it will be a live-action or animated series has yet to be seen, as well as to what network or streaming service it will be featured on, but we are on the edge of our seats in anticipation, nonetheless.
What do you think, are you excited for a The Legend of Zelda series? What other famous Nintendo video game series would you like to see adapted? Let us know in the comments section below.
***Update (as of 11/19): The series announced will be Devil May Cry, joining Castlevania in the ‘Bootleg Multiverse’ on Netflix. More information regarding the series can be read HERE.