When rumors about a Super Mario Bros. movie surfaced last year, fans definitely had mixed feelings when hearing that their favorite plumber duo might be making an appearance on the big screen in the near future. Recently, Variety interviewed Illumination founder Chris Meledandri, where he discussed a multitude of subjects including the upcoming Super Mario Bros. movie.
During the interview, Variety and Chris talked about the challenges Illumination might face in their attempt to adapt the popular video game series to be suitable for a movie, as well as overcoming the first theatrical adaption the 1993 live-action movie Super Mario Bros which was both a critical and commercial failure.
“I like that this was not done well the first time,” he stated. “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.”
Additionally, Chris has said that one of the problems he thinks that the 1993 movie suffered from was the lack of involvement from the game’s creator, designer, and producer Shigeru Miyamoto. However, Illumination plans to involve him more than ever with their new adaptation.
“We are keeping him front and center in the creation of this film,” said Chris. “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.”
Chris has also stated “It’s an ambitious task,” but he finds that “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.”
From the looks of it, Illumination have big plans for their Super Mario Bros. movie – but what does Chris mean when he calls the series thin? He could be referring to the basic plot of the games, excluding the more modern titles that challenge this such as Super Mario Galaxy, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Odyssey. It truly makes one wonder what kind of story Illumination and Miyamoto are planning to bring to the big screen to make it an interesting experience.
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