Im sure many of you, like me, have horrific memories of the old Super Mario Bros. movie that starred Bob Hoskins John Leguizamo, and Dennis Hopper. The movie was just awful, and left many fans, both children and adults incredibly disappointed.
Late last year, it was announced recently that Nintendo is finally looking to rectify that mistake in the form of an animated feature. Shown below, is the translation of a phone call from the first of this month, where Mario Creator Shigeru Miyamoto explains why Nintendo chose Illumination to help them with their Mario film:
“I’ve been considering an animated film for many years now. There has long been talk that Nintendo could make a movie because ‘making a game is like making a movie.’ But they are completely different to me. Interactive experiences are completely different from non-interactive media, and to make a movie I want a film expert to do the work. Thinking that way, I have talked with all sorts of different movie directors and producers, and eventually I was introduced to Illumination via Universal Parks & Resorts, with whom we are developing theme park attractions.”
“As a producer, Chris Meledandri (Illumination’s CEO) is noted here for movies like Minions and Sing, but he is a veteran with a ton of experience, including the movie Ice Age and stints at companies like 20th Century Fox Animation. When I talked with Chris, he said he had read a lot of interviews with me and felt we had a similar approach to creation. Talking about our similarities, we clicked and decided maybe we should do some kind of collaboration. We started our conversation over two years ago, and finally reached the stage where we could make an announcement. Chris is extremely cost-conscious and time-conscious in his quest to make successful movies. We decided to try making a movie together, and distributing the completed movie globally through Universal Pictures.”
“We’ve talked together and share the feeling that if we can’t make something interesting we’ll just call it quits. But we’ve already met a number of times to hash out the screenplay, our talks together are progressing, and I hope to make an announcement once we’ve ironed out some things like the schedule.”
With Meledandri’s previous work on animated films, it seems like Nintendo and Miyamoto have made the right choice here. Meledandri’s experience on the film side, along with Miyamoto’s input along the way should prove to make a great Mario film. Nintendo is showing a lot of wisdom, realizing while the two forms of art are, in many ways, similar, there are nuances that need to be handled by veterans of the platform. Mario is one of the most beloved characters the world over, and the 1993 film simply didn’t do him or his brother Luigi any justice.
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