Illumination founder Chris Meledandri seems quite excited to be working with Nintendo on a Super Mario Bros. animated feature film. Meledandri knows that there's a lot of pressure to make a great movie, especially following after the disastrous live-action adaptation years ago. In an interview with Variety, Meledandri says he's up for the challenge, and he's keeping Miyamoto close by to make sure all goes well.
“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.”
We are keeping him (Shigeru Miyamoto) 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.
It’s an ambitious task. The challenge is taking things that are so thin in their original form and finding depth that doesn’t compromise what generations of fans love about Mario, but also feels organic to the iconography and can support a three-act structure.”