And that's one Shigeru Miyamoto. And let's be honest, if you can make an animated movie about emojis, bringing Mario, Luigi, Peach, Daisy and Bowser to animated big-screen life really shouldn't be too hard.
It's funny that the Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo joint is even in the same conversation, because it's highly likely a very broad percentage of people who will see Illumination's take on the Mushroom Kingdom, won't have ever seen that tragedy. But it's still nice to hear that Illumination founder Chris Meledandri has been working with Miyamoto to ensure their big-screen vision is on the same page. (Thanks Variety
“We are keeping him front and center in the creation of this film,” said Meledandri. “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.”
It helps that Meledandri's previous outings, Despicable Me, and The Secret Life of Pets, are successful in their own right and with Mario and co now being more videogame ubiquitous than ever -- especially in the day and age of top-notch CG -- it's hard to see this movie putting a plumber foot wrong.
Slated for release around 2022, we'll keep up some high hopes for Illumination's vision, provided Miyamoto remains in that conversation.
And oh, John Leguizamo, if you're reading this (as you should
put your hand up for a cameo -- it couldn't hurt your career any more than the original movie did.