When referencing the growing amount of content in regards to video game television series and films that arose uniquely on Netflix, it makes you wonder where that might have spruced from initially. What game or company approached the streaming service before anyone else? Well, that happened to be Nintendo according to a new report. While Castlevania and The Witcher continue to grow in popularity, Nintendo pursued the endeavor dating back to 2015.
When speaking on The Serfs Times podcast this past Tuesday, it was revealed by comedian Adam Conover that he arranged a Netflix project with Nintendo. In that, he would be involved in a Star Fox film inspired by Wes Anderson’s Amazing Mr. Fox. But, the project went south after reports of a The Legend of Zelda series leaked around the same time.
While the television series was not in the works – alike with the film series at the time – all projects planned by Nintendo were ultimately scrapped following new breaking prematurely.
I worked at CollegeHumour and we had a secret project where we were going to make a claymation version of StarFox with Nintendo. I know this because Shigeru Miyamoto came to our office, and I remember that because I asked my boss if I could be in the office that day ’cause it was the weekend because I just wanted to watch Shigeru Miyamoto walk by. He told me no and I’m still mad at him.
Then, a month later, suddenly there were reports Netflix wasn’t going to do its Legend of Zelda anymore. I was like “what happened?” And then I heard from my boss we weren’t doing our Star Fox anymore. I was like “what happened?”. He was like, “someone at Netflix leaked the Legend of Zelda thing, they weren’t supposed to talk about it, Nintendo freaked out… and they pulled the plug on everything, the entire program to adapt these things”.
And now roughly six years later the truth finally comes to fruition on the now-cancelled projects. While Nintendo already pursued film with Detective Pikachu and the upcoming Lumination Super Mario film, it is likely the firm has moved on from initial plans it orchestrated. But despite the news now, rumor did break out once again on the production later on in 2018.
However, the project that Castlevania Executive Producer Adi Shakar teases was later revealed to be a Devil May Cry series. Even more, Rogue One writer Gary Whitta also openly shared his ambitions to pen a script for a Star Fox film as well. Maybe not to what Conover referenced, but a production that gives the franchise its merit. You can read the initial report by heading here.
Are you upset the two projects never broke into reality?