Nintendo Cancels Live-Action Zelda and Stop Motion Star Fox Series Due to Netflix Leak

Yes, some people still take confidentiality as seriously as they should.

By Angela Marrujo Fornaca. Posted 02/09/2021 03:19 Comment on this     ShareThis

Nintendo sent a clear message to Netflix — and anyone hoping to work with Nintendo in the future — when it decided to cancel the live-action Zelda series they were collaborating on: We don’t like leaks.

Remember back in 2015 when The Wall Street Journal reported that Netflix was working on a live-action series based on The Legend of Zelda? Turns out Nintendo not only put the kibosh on the project as a result of someone with loose lips within Netflix leaking those plans, but also canceled an in-the-works Star Fox production that was being created by CollegeHumor.

According to comedian Adam Conover in a recent interview with The Serf Times, Nintendo approached CollegeHumor to make a stop-action Star Fox series in a similar vein to CollegeHumor’s 2011 short, Fantastic Mr. Star Fox. Shigeru Miyamoto himself even visited the CollegeHumor offices.

However, about a month after the Netflix Zelda leak, Conover said that he started hearing reports that Nintendo had dropped the Netflix project. Soon after that, his boss told him that their Star Fox production had been canceled in addition to the Zelda project as a result of the Netflix leak. This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise to anyone at all familiar with Nintendo: the company is known for being incredibly secretive and playing its plans close to its chest. The company is not immune to leaks but is also certainly not a fan of them, and prefer to announce things when its ready and at its own pace, regardless of how hard fans are clamoring for news (see: the current drought of information on Nintendo’s extended plans for this year).

In an era of endless leaks and people who seem to have no regard for confidentiality, this should serve as a lesson to anyone in the industry hoping to work with Nintendo (or any other developer, for that matter). Leaks might be common, but they could very well end a working relationship and jeopardize the future of a project.

Source: Siliconera

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