The New Mario Movie Is Happening Because Illumination CEO Told Miyamoto About His Failures

In a recent interview, Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto has opened up about why he's willing to trust Illumination with the iconic character.

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The Mario movie currently in the works at Illumination is still a while away, as it's due to release in 2022. Nintendo has been protective of its characters following 1993's disastrous live-action Super Mario Bros movie, which was an enormous flop that has since achieved cult status. Now, in a new interview, Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto has opened up about why Nintendo has partnered with Illumination (Despicable Me, Minions) for their upcoming animated film.

Shigeru Miyamoto, who is signed on to produce the new movie, spoke to Famitsu about the movie, and a portion of their discussion was translated by Nintendo Everything. In the interview, Miyamoto recalls meeting with Chris Meledandri, the CEO of Illumination. There was one specific thing that made Miyamoto trust the man, and it wasn't because of the success of their films.

"When we started our partnership with Universal, I heard that the CEO of Illumination, Chris Meledandri, wanted to meet with me," Miyamoto says. "I didn’t know what kind of angle he was getting at, but I’ll never forget when he talked to me about why he had failed before."

According to Miyamoto, he started to feel like he could trust Meledandri when he spoke about these failures, and it convinced him that Nintendo could work with Illumination. "That was right around the time I was considering movies, so we decided to have him do the animation for us," he said.

Asked to expound on the failure Meledandri talked about, Miyamoto simply responded "can't say," before laughing.

Nintendo is collaborating with Universal to open a theme park in Tokyo and Orlando. Illumination's next film is the Despicable Me prequel Minions: The Rise of Gru. No director is officially attached to the Mario movie yet.

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hopefully they could make a good mario movie.

i never hated the live action back then.

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I hope they give him and Luigi voices like Super Mario Super Show. The heroic mime stuff might be ok for his type of games, but not for movies.

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Illumination has successes?

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@vakiva: I mean, depends how you define success.

Despicable Me and Minions have made billions regardless of how anyone might feel about their quality.

Taking a closer look at their filmography, they seem to actually be pretty good at making mediocre movies that move merchandise and are loved by children.

In other words, exactly what Nintendo wants out of the partnership.

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@dancingcactus: I imagine Nintendo wants more than "mediocre" at this point. I expect that the Big N will be exerting more than a bit of creative control.

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tl;dr

Sonic didn't suck, so we can cash in on that as well.

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@RogerioFM: Thanks!

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PLATINUM DUNES presents, a MICHAEL BAY production of a UWE BOLL film

SUPER MARIO BROS.

"Two italian plumbers seek help from the military to twart King Koopa from kidnapping the princess so he can use her powers to unleash his evil forces unto earth. But before doing so, Mario and Luigi must convince the president to make them american citizens. Oh yes, there will be explosions!"

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@Pupchu: *throws money at the screen*

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I can't help but feel like this movie's gonna be strangled by the overseers to the point it's bland as hell.

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@Megawizard: I dunno, Detective Pikachu is universally loved, it seems, and I'd not be surprised if the Netflix Zelda series, if it pans out, will turn out great. And let's be honest, we SAW what happened when Nintendo went hands-off - The 1993 movie.

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@Megawizard:

I mean... Mario never had a personality other than liking shrooms and saying yip yip wahooo a lot.

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wow i was just discussing awith my 7 year old about a mario movie the other day now ill have to tell him that they want to do one that totally ignores the horrible one that they made when i was a kid.

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Nintendo is collaborating with Universal to open a theme park in OSAKA, no ? Universal park is in osaka I think

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Mr. Miyamoto is an interesting man.

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