Zelda TV Show In Discussions With Netflix's Castlevania Boss - Report
Adi Shankar is in talks to produce.
Video game-to-movie adaptations have been rough in the past, but Netflix's Castlevania proves that the interactive medium can be adapted into the storytelling format of a TV show. The Wrap reports that a television series based on Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda franchise could happen, and Adi Shankar (Broken City, Castlevania) is in talks to produce it.
The news comes via Shankar's Instagram, where he posted a photo stating he's "working with an iconic Japanese gaming company to adapt one of their iconic video game series into a series." Though The Wrap states it's learned exclusively that the company is Nintendo and the series is The Legend of Zelda, there are several companies and several franchises that could be smartly adapted into a television series. Shankar revealed that he'll announce what game series he's adapting into a series on Friday, November 16.
Adi Shankar is the executive producer and showrunner of Netflix's Castlevania, so it makes sense he's in talks to produce The Legend of Zelda television adaptation. Aside from Castlevania, Shankar's credits also include 2012's Killing Them Softly (with Brad Pitt and Ben Mendelsohn), 2014's The Voices (with Ryan Reynolds and Anna Kendrick), 2017's Bodied (with Calum Worthy and Charlamagne tha God), and more.
Nintendo declined to comment on the report, so we may have to wait for Shankar's announcement for confirmation one way or the other.
All eight episodes of Castlevania's second season hit Netflix on October 26. In our review, we hoped that Season 2 would feel more complete. However, we wrote that "it feels more like Season 1 was the first act, and this is simply a continuation, and the extra room has been spent developing new characters while the old ones tread water."