Producer and eternal fanboy Adi Shankar has had a hell of a career so far. If you’ve ever seen any of his interviews, it’s clear that he’s not your typical Hollywood producer. He’s, first and foremost, a dedicated fanboy to all things geek. In addition to having worked on the Dredd film as an executive producer, he also worked on a series of unauthorized fan parodies, which included the ultra-dark “Power/Rangers” short. Since then, a lot of his efforts have turned to the Castlevania animated series on Netflix.
Back when the show was first announced, he touted that he thought the show would be the greatest video game adaptation to date, and while I haven’t been over-the-moon about the show (though I’ve only watched the first season so far), I do agree that it has cleared that very low bar, and is an overall solid series. As such, it’s very interesting to hear that Shankar has his hands on another beloved franchise.
According to a report from TheWrap, the filmmaker is in talks to producer a show based on the amazing Legend of Zelda video game franchise from Nintendo. On Monday, Shankar himself took to Instagram to state that he was 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.”
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Well, the outlet may have just pulled the rug out from under him. Regardless, this is simultaneously exciting and horrifying. I’m not alone in always hoping to see an amazing take on the Zelda mythos for the small screen, but it always came with one very difficult element: Link.
In the games, Link doesn’t say a word, and even in the recently-released The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which featured full voice-acting for the first time, mute maintained his role as our mute hero. This was done intentionally so as not to break the illusion that the character was the player, but that simply won’t work in the series.
On the plus side, given Shankar’s experience with Castlevania, I expect this to be an animated show, which would help with a lot of the more outlandish elements in the series, though that hasn’t been confirmed.
So what do you think of Zelda getting a series? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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