New Information on The Upcoming SUPER MARIO BROS. Animated Movie
Earlier this year it was announced that Nintendo and Illumination Entertain would team up to develop a CG animated film adaptation of Super Mario Bros. This would be the first film that Nintendo has allowed to be developed since the 1993 Super Mario Bros. film which was an awesomely epic failure. It bombed so hard that Nintendo hasn’t wanted to make a movie based on one of their properties since.
That has now changed and they are going to give it another shot! Today we have some new information to share with you regarding the film thanks to Variety, who recently talked to Illumination founder Chris Meledandri.
When talking about taking on the challenge of bring Super Mario Bros. to life again, Meledandri said:
“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.”
He goes on to say he’s working very closely with Shigeru Miyamoto, who is the original designer and producer who helped created Super Mario Bros.
“We are keeping him 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 great that they are making sure Miyamoto is involved with the creation of the film. Hopefully his presence and input helps with giving the fans a great film. He goes on to talk about the challenges of developing a story for the film, saying:
“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.”
I hope that they can come up with a solid story for the film! Illumination seems to have a decent track record for making fun animated films, I’m sure that this one will end up being just as good as the others that they’ve made. The studios seems to have a working formula that they follow.
Do you think that Illumination will deliver a Super Mario Bros. film that Nintendo will be proud of? Are you excited to see a new Super Mario Bros. movie?
Meledandri’s next film project that’s being released is The Grinch.