Super Mario Movie Adaptation Will Be A ChallengeReported on Wednesday, November 7th 2018
Nintendo has been very protective of licensing their characters to movie studios for decades, and after the poorly received live action Super Mario Bros. movie from 1993, it's completely understandable.
With the announcement of an animated Super Mario movie in the works from Illumination Entertainment and Warner Bros' Pokemon: Detective Pikachu film coming in May 2019, Nintendo's grip has definitely loosened - especially for their top two company mascots.
Illumination founder Chris Meledandri spoke to Variety recently about the challenge of bringing such an iconic video game character such as Mario to the big screen. The biggest and most promising bit of news is that creator Shigeru Miyamoto will be spearhead the creative process during production of the film, something that seldom happens with Hollywood adaptations.
"I like that this was not done well the first time. I think that’s more exciting or more worthy than simply making another version of a film that was done incredibly well to begin with."
"We are keeping him [Miyamoto] front and center in the creation of this film. I’ve rarely seen that happen with any adaptation where the original creative voice is being embraced like we’re embracing Miyamoto. There’s a history in Hollywood of people believing that they know better than the people responsible for a property. I’ve made that mistake before."
"It’s an ambitious task. The challenge is taking things that are so thin in their original form and finding depth that doesn’t compromise what generations of fans love about Mario, but also feels organic to the iconography and can support a three-act structure."
The Super Mario Bros. film is in the fasttrack development lane at Illumination, with the aim to brick hit a release date in 2022.