Shigeru Miyamoto Explains Why He Put his Faith in Illumination Entertainment for the Animated Super Mario Bros Movie

Shigeru Miyamoto Explains Why He Put his Faith in Illumination Entertainment for the Animated Super Mario Bros Movie

Illumination's experience is one factor, but there's more to the story.

Like it or not, Illumination Entertainment is making an animated Super Mario Bros movie.

Mike's already gone into detail about why Illumination is one of the better studio choices for the project. If you're still jittery about the prospect, Mario creator (and Mario movie co-producer) Shigeru Miyamoto recently provided some insight about how he intends to handle the project alongside Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri.

"There has long been talk that Nintendo could make a movie because 'making a game is like making a movie,'" Miyamoto says in a Nintendo-published Q&A covering a wide range of topics related to the company's fiscal year ending March 2018. "But they are completely different to me. Interactive experiences are completely different from non-interactive media, and to make a movie I want a film expert to do the work."

Avert your eyes. Their souls shriveled and died months ago, and if you meet their gaze, they'll claim your immortal essence for their own.

Miyamoto ultimately put his faith in Meledandri because he has a great deal of experience making animated films-and his outlook on movie-making in general matches up with Miyamoto's.

"When I talked with Chris, he said he had read a lot of interviews with me and felt we had a similar approach to creation," Miyamoto says. "Talking about our similarities, we clicked and decided maybe we should do some kind of collaboration. We started our conversation over two years ago, and finally reached the stage where we could make an announcement.

"We've talked together and share the feeling that if we can't make something interesting we'll just call it quits. But we've already met a number of times to hash out the screenplay, [and] our talks together are progressing."

Miyamoto also says he intends to release more news about the movie as its development progresses. There's currently no word on a release date for the final feature.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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