Nintendo President Hopes To Announce Mario Movie Partner Soon
Despite not being officially announced, the Mario movie is still on the lips of Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima in an interview with Japanese newspaper Kyoto Shimbun.
When asked about movie rumors, Kimishima states that he hopes to come to an an agreement with a partner soon and hopefully announce quickly after that. If everything goes according to schedule, Kimishima believes the movie could be out in time for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
There have been rumors about an animated Mario movie for years since the Sony email hack in 2014 revealed correspondence suggesting Nintendo was shopping the plumber to studios looking for a partner. More recently, rumors were abound that Nintendo was in final talks with animation studio Illumination, the studio behind Minions and Despicable Me.
Before his passing, former Nintendo president Satoru Iwata intended to make Nintendo more aggressive in licensing its intellectual property out to other media, listing movies as one possible avenue. Nintendo as a company had been famously guarded about its properties and movies since the 1993 Super Mario Bros. movie starring Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo, and Dennis Hopper.
I can't possibly imagine who I'd want to do a Mario movie, but if I had to have one, my list would pretty much begin and end with Pixar. I would guess any Mario movie would be aimed at a new generation that likes anything instead of my generation which would be ready to hate it, though.