Super Mario Bros. Already a huge success for Nintendo and Illumination, what is on the horizon?
In an article published by Japan’s Nikkei this week, Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto talked about the possibility of adapting more Nintendo franchises into films and animations – comparing the long-running video game company to a “talent agency” and its characters to “artists.”
Here’s exactly what he had to say (via a translation from Nintendo Everything):
“Nintendo is like a talent agency. We have a lot of other artists… There are many possible avenues we could take, like using characters that are suitable for movies, or characters that are very recognizable.”
Unfortunately, Miyamoto didn’t elaborate on what could be modded into the Nintendo series next. For the near future though, it looks as though Nintendo and Illumination will remain focused on the Mushroom Kingdom, though there are already orders for Donkey Kong, Luigi’s Mansion, Star Fox, and even The Legend of Zelda.
According to Illumination director and founder Chris Meledandri, this is just the beginning of a “rewarding collaboration” with Nintendo. Admittedly, there’s “nothing to announce” in the near future, and the focus is on the Mario movie for now.
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