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Gamers rejoice: 'Zelda' series may come to Netflix

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Netflix may be in the process of scooping up one of the most popular video game franchises ever.

The video streaming company has started to develop a live-action series based on the wildly popular "Legend of Zelda" games, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a "person familiar with the matter." Netflix is looking for writers to pen the show, which the media company describes as a family-friendly version of HBO's "Game of Thrones," the Journal said.

The Nintendo franchise, which includes many elements of the fantasy genre, features a boy named Link who fights villains to rescue the titular princess and save a land called Hyrule. The Japanese company has released more than 20 'Zelda' titles on various platforms since the late 1980s.

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The series is far from becoming a done deal, as it is in the "early stages of development," the Journal wrote. Nintendo has allowed very few adaptations of its vast intellectual property in the past.

Netflix on Wednesday announced that it would roll out services in Japan this fall. The streaming company has expanded its original programming in recent years with popular shows like "House of Cards," "Orange is the New Black" and a resurrected "Arrested Development."

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Read the Wall Street Journal report here.