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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

A Legend of Zelda Netflix series? And they need writers?? Show me how!

I'm not normally one to do this kind of thing. I realize the odds of me even asking in any way, shape or social-media format and actually finding an answer is astronomical...

Some of you may have heard by now that Netflix is in the development stages of creating a "Legend of Zelda" live-action television series...a family-friendly "Games of Thrones," if you will: http://www.cnn.com/2015/02/08/entertainment/zelda-netflix/

If this will even come to fruition is a big question. Nintendo is extremely protective of their property, and I have a hard time seeing them let this happen in the hands of Netflix. The past attempt to create a Legend of Zelda TV show (remember that 80's cartoon paired up with the Super Mario Brothers Super Show? You don't? "Well excuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!") remains a strike against trying to resurrect the video game franchise as a show, and the abysmal "Super Mario Brothers" movie from that same decade nearly put a nail in the coffin for video game-turned-film adaptations (among many others).

Also, what more or new can be done with the "good guy saves princess from evil monster/wizard/insert-your-baddie-here" genre? And how to you build an entire series around a main character who, in none of the video games, has ever spoken a word? (Maybe Link will be good at charades...)

But now the reason I'm writing this in the first place. Because this project is still so early in development, Netflix is still looking for writers for the show. So...how does one offer their services for this?

I know, I know...there are a million raving, foaming-at-the-mouth Zelda fanatics who will be pouncing all over this opportunity, people who have played every Zelda game, read every conspiracy theory, dissected every plot-line and plot-hole and so on. There are people who live, eat and breathe this franchise. More importantly, there are more than enough writers out there in California, and I'm sure Netflix already has a list of their own writers they are sorting through.

But this is a fantasy writer's dream come true. It feels weird and a bit narcissistic to stand up and shout, "Hey! Perfect writer for you, right here!" but thanks to my husband, I am pretty well-versed on the Legend of Zelda universe (he's played just about every game in the franchise, and I've watched him) but I'm not such a crazy unyielding Zelda literalist that I wouldn't be willing to try and take it in a fresh, unique direction, while remaining faithful to the source material. I have three fantasy novels (the 3rd will be out in November 2015) as well as several fantasy short stories under my belt, and I've got a TV screenplay in the works...so how's about giving this dreamer a chance?

Netflix, if you just so happen to be Googling and by some act of God comes across this, check out my work and drop me a line. The fans are all abuzz with excitement, and we could make the next big television epic. Sometimes what you need may come from the most unlikely place, and sometimes it just takes a leap of faith and imagination.