Netflix Developing Series Based on Nintendo's 'Legend of Zelda'

The fantasy video game franchise, first released in the 1980s, has spawned multiple spin-offs and an animated series, but this would be the first live-action adaptation.
'The Legend of Zelda'

Netflix is in the early stages of development to remake the popular The Legend of Zelda franchise as a live-action series, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. 

The series, about a boy named Link who must rescue the princess Zelda, is being described as a Game of Thrones for families, according to the Wall Street Journal, which first reported the news. 

Legend of Zelda comes from video game publisher Nintendo and was first released in 1987. It has since spawned more than a dozen versions for Nintendo game consoles over the years. But Nintendo has released only a handful of official adaptions. Among them is 1989 animated series that lasted for one season and several comic books. 

WSJ reports that Netflix is working closely with Nintendo on the series and is still seeking a writer. Netflix spokeswoman declined to comment. 

Netflix has made a name for itself rebooting beloved franchises and is currently working on an adaptation of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. The streamer has also ordered a live-action series about comic book character Richie Rich from Brian Robbins' AwesomenessTV. In addition, Netflix has a comprehensive deal with Marvel for multiple live-action series based on its comic book universe. The first of the adaptations to roll out in 2015 is Jessica Jones starring Krysten Ritter as the title character. 

Other properties that Netflix has revived include Arrested Development and, more recently, Wet Hot American Summer, which is set to arrive this summer.