Netflix Look At Legends Of Zelda Series As Discussions With Ten Network Continue
Several leading Australian production Companies have told SmartHouse that they are now in “advanced” discussions with the network who are keen to roll out globally an Australian made series.
It’s also been revealed that the US Company who has 55 million subscribers worldwide recently held high-level talks with the Ten Network who are currently looking at bringing out their own streaming service to compete up against services offered by Nine with Stan and the Seven network.
Both Netflix and Ten executives discussed jointly funding new programs and marketing initiatives.
Netflix production teams are currently working on a series called “The Legend of Zelda,” which will be based on one of the most popular videogame series of all time, however it is not known where the series will be produced.
The video streaming service is in the early stages of developing a live action series based on “Zelda,” who is an ordinary boy named Link who must rescue a princess named Zelda and save a fantasy world called Hyrule.
The game shot to fame on the Nintendo hand held gaming devices. Netflix is said to be working closely with the Japanese game developer who has made about 20 “The Legend of Zelda” games since the original, which was released in the U.S. in 1987.
Netflix is describing it as “Game of Thrones” for a family audience.
The “Zelda” games have traditionally included swords and sorcery, like “Game of Thrones” or “Lord of the Rings,” but typically with a more light-hearted, kid-friendly tone.
Nintendo is very protective of its intellectual property and has allowed few adaptations over the years. An animated “Legend of Zelda” series ran for just one season in 1989. A 1993 movie based on Nintendo’s “Super Mario Bros.” bombed at movie cinemas.
According to sources Netflix has a long road to go before a “Legend of Zelda” series actually becomes a reality.
In Australia speculation is mounting that Netflix and Ten could form a joint venture partnership.
The Australian newspaper said that if a deal with Ten is agreed, the move would mark the first time Netflix has adopted a major partnership strategy anywhere in the world after embarking on an ?aggressive international expansion as a stand-alone service.
It’s understood US-based Netflix officials contacted Ten executives late last year.
Insiders claim Netflix would provide a welcome injection of program funding. While Ten is said to be keeping its options open, talks are continuing.
Recently Pay-TV operator Foxtel approached Ten about joining its streaming service Presto.
Ten shareholder Bruce Gordon is refusing to ?support a joint bid from Foxtel and US cable company Discovery Communications.
Recently Netflix denied that they had blocked subscribers who use tools that bypass geolocation restrictions allowing Australians to subscribe to the Netflix US service.
Netflix is up against Seven and Foxtel’s joint streaming venture Presto for which they have locked up exclusive movies and programming, supported by an aggressive pricing strategy.
A joint Netflix/Ten deal would see the partnership be in a position to a catalogue of popular Australian dramas including Puberty Blues, Wonderland and Offspring, and a partner to share high production costs.
A recent lift in Ten’s audience among young age groups will also appeal to Netflix. Ten recently delivered its best summer ratings in a decade on the back of cricket’s Big Bash League.
The ratings momentum has carried forward with Ten’s new jungle reality series I’m a Celebrity … Get Me out of Here.