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Illumination has Miyamoto “front and center” in Mario movie’s creation

Posted on November 6, 2018 by (@NE_Brian) in General Nintendo, News

Earlier today, we heard Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri speaking about the challenges of making a Mario movie. He actually had a bit more to say about the project, including Shigeru Miyamoto’s role.

As we know, Miyamoto is acting as a producer. Meledandri says that Illumination is “keeping him front and center in the creation of this film.”

Meledandri noted:

“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.”

The live-action Mario movie from many years ago was panned across the board, and none of Mario’s creators were involved. That’s different this time around. Meledandri believes that this leaves the door open to more opportunities.

“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.”

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