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Do Nintendo movies still attract Hollywood’s eyes?

John Mulhern

by: John Mulhern
March 25th, 2010

Super Mario Bros.

As most of you probably remember, 1993 was an astounding year for cinema. It was filled with so many memorable films such as JURASSIC PARK, MRS. DOUBTFIRE, SCHINDLER'S LIST, and... SUPER MARIO BROS?

Yes, there was once a MARIO movie, and no it wasn't the greatest thing ever (my heart is still broken). But since the initial release and nearly universal dislike, it has gone on to achieve a cult status. But after an initial bad taste, would Hollywood still be interested in Nintendo?

When the LA Times asked Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime if Hollywood still comes to them asking for the rights to their franchises, he responded:

"All the time. The message is, 'Thank you for the interest.' There have been certain [people] that we have talked in more detail with. But I think in the end, because we are a content company and are passionate about our franchises, it will be few and far between that actual deals are done to bring our franchises to life in a different way. These are our children."

It's good that Nintendo is being extremely selective about this, because if they weren't then we could always end up with another film like SUPER MARIO BROS. If their selectiveness could ultimately lead to something really well made and clever, then the wait would be worth it.

One thing to ponder on, why doesn't Nintendo make a film themselves? FINAL FANTASY VII ADVENT CHILDREN was released by Square Enix (the makers of the Final Fantasy franchise) and grew to be a major success. The chances of a Nintendo made, CG Mario film being successful is almost certain.

I guess the biggest question is if there is even fan interest. Who here would actually like to see a Zelda or Mario Kart movie hit the big screen? Is Bob Hoskins busy?

Source: Kotaku, via LA Times

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