College Humour’s Adam Conover, however, provided insider details on why the series was scrapped in a recent interview.
Fantastic Mr. Star Fox
According to Conover, he and his team were developing a claymation Star Fox series after the go-ahead from creator Shigeru Miyamoto. He visited the College Humour offices at the time: “We were going to make a fantastic Mr. Fox style Star Fox“.
He goes on to describe how both The Legend of Zelda show and College Humour’s Star Fox adaptation were abruptly canceled: “Like a month later [after College Humour sealed the deal with Miyamoto], suddenly there were reports that Netflix wasn’t doing this Legend of Zelda anymore…Then I heard from my boss “we’re not doing the Star Fox anymore” “
It turns out that someone at Netflix leaked the Legend of Zelda project, causing Nintendo to “freak out”, as Conover put it, and pull the plug on both projects.
The two projects would’ve marked the first time in decades that Nintendo had used their IP’s for TV or film. You can watch or listen to the full interview here. Star Fox specific talk at 39:14. There’s also a short Star Fox sketch from 2011 by College Humour. This came several years before Miyamoto’s involvement.
Currently, Nintendo does have a Mario movie in the works with film company Illumination. All is reportedly going well despite the setbacks associated with COVID 19.