Video game movies have a sad history of being really bad. From poor production values to concepts that skew wildly from the source material, almost everything has gone wrong so far with games as movies.
There may be hope though! Illumination, the studio who’s seen success with animated films such as Despicable Me, Minions and The Secret Life of Pets are taking Mario seriously and are trying to keep from falling into the pit of failure the live action Super Mario Bros movie did in 1993.
“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.” – Chris Meledandri, Illumination CEO.
Very well said! While games of today have as much or more production value than Hollywood films, retro titles and characters had a minimal amount of expositions on their worlds or missions. Mario just wanted to save the princess from the monster with the turtle army. Squeeze two hours out of that why don’t ya? Well Illumination is getting some help from someone who knows a bit about Mario… His creator, Shigeru Miyamoto.
Via an interview with Variety: “We are keeping [Miyamoto] front and centre in the creation of this film,” he said. “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.”
This all comes at a time when Nintendo has a new drive for pushing their IP into symbiotic markets. They have a Legend of Zelda TV series in development, a new Pokemon movie starring Ryan Reynolds of Deadpool fame and a theme park experience in co-operation with Universal Studios called “Super Nintendo Land”.
Here’s hoping our Italian friend will get a quality movie this time around!