Nintendo has always been a big name in video games. After all, they were the ones who brought the Western world back from the brink after the crash of 1983. Even during their “down periods” they would find ways to stand out. But in recent years, they’ve wanted to expand, become even more visible in the world. To that end, they started their mobile game initiative, they’re working on creating a theme park starring and their characters, and now, they’re working an animated Mario movie, straight from the mind of Shigeru Miyamoto.
The reveal of this animated feature has caused a lot of shockwaves, both good and bad. For the latter, people fear that this film won’t be good, even though its stars the most recognizable video game character in the world. Mainly because they remember the live-action Super Mario Bros. movie…which is one of the greatest failures of all time. But others are more hopeful, and they should be, as Shigeru Miyamoto is being a co-producer on it.
During a special financial briefing, Miyamoto revealed how the Mario movie came to be. He wanted to do the film for a while, and early work started about two years ago apparently. But he knew that making video games and making movies were totally different things. So, he wanted to reach out and talk to actual movie people. Universal Parks introduced him to Illumination and their founder Chris Meledandri. Miyamoto and Meledandri had many talks about the differences and similarities between games and films, and by the end of their talks, they knew they would be able to work together on the film.
Both men want to make a Mario movie that’s special, and Miyamoto has noted that they’re working on the screenplay right now. Which goes to show that this film really is happening. I think we should all keep an open mind as its development continues.