Game-to-movie adaptations are notoriously bad, and you can't discuss the medium without acknowledging the ghoulishly bizarre attempt that was 1993's Super Mario Bros' film. With it's thematically dark dystopian setting and only passing resemblance to the gaming franchise, it was such a flop as to scare Nintendo off of considering any other movie options since. But that may be about to change, according to legendary Nintendo designer Shigeru Miyamoto.
Speaking to Fortune, Miyamoto spoke of the company's plans for diversification – it's already working in uncharted territory on mobile games, has it's own console-compatible toy line in the Amiibos, and the next step could see classic Nintendo characters hit the silver screen.
"As we look more broadly at what is Nintendo's role as an entertainment company," Miyamoto said.
"We're starting to think more and more about how movies fit in with that - and we'll potentially be looking at things like movies in the future."
Coming straight from Miyamoto's mouth, the groundwork for such a deal has already been laid. Nintendo recently signed a deal with Universal to bring Nintendo-themed rides to the Universal theme parks, meaning the gaming company already has a good relationship with the Hollywood studio, which could provide distribution for cinematic projects.
Honestly, I think it could be a great idea to bring some of the characters to the silver screen. There's a reverence for Nintendo and its properties now that wasn't present when the company first signed the rights to Mario over to Hollywood, and a whole generation of directors who would "get" the franchises. Can you imagine a Legend of Zelda movie that follows the story of Ocarina of Time? Perhaps a trilogy that starts with a young Link, concluding with his time-shifted future adult self? It'd be like Flight of the Navigator meets The Princess Bride. Try telling me that doesn't sound excellent. [Fortune]