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Video game movies were a central talking point during DICE 2016's "Franchise Fever: Pursuing Ideas and Big Audiences" panel. During the discussion, when Vertigo Entertainment president Roy Lee was asked what his dream movie project would be, said "Mine would be Nintendo. I think Zelda, Mario, and the whole universe of characters would be perfect for a Lego Movie type of [film]. I don't have the rights to it, but I would love to. That would be my Holy Grail."
The other panelist, Adrian Askarieh, CEO and president Prime Universe Films, agreed that Nintendo's universe is primed for cinematic success, and Nintendo just needs to find people that can execute on it.
When Lee and Askarieh were asked how movie studios can make better movies, they both replied that the first step is to bring the game creators into the creative discussions, and have them involved in the film's development as much as possible. Lee and Askarieh are currently working together on a motion-picture adaptation of the Deus Ex video game series.
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