“As we look more broadly at what is Nintendo’s role as an entertainment company, we’re starting to think more and more about how movies can fit in with that—and we’ll potentially be looking at things like movies in the future.”
Video game movies are infamous in Hollywood for a number of reasons, but it all kicked off with the 90’s Super Mario Bros. movie. To be frank, it was terrible. People expected THIS…
Ever since then video game movies have developed a bit of a bad reputation, but that hasn’t stopped studios from continually pumping them out (the awful-looking Hitman: Agent 47 is out now). However, the future is looking bright; a Michael Fassbender-starring Assassin’s Creed is on its way and Tom Hardy is making a Splinter Cell adaptation last I checked. One company who might be looking to cash in on a potential new craze is Nintendo, who basically gave up after the aforementioned Mario disaster.
Chatting with Fortune, game designer Shigeru Miyamoto revealed that he’s overseeing character licenses in Hollywood and what not, which could branch out to another foray into filmmaking.
“We’ve had, over the years, a number of people who have come to us and said ‘Why don’t we make a movie together—or we make a movie and you make a game and we’ll release them at the same time? Because games and movies seem like similar mediums, people’s natural expectation is we want to take our games and turn them into movies. … I’ve always felt video games, being an interactive medium, and movies, being a passive medium, mean the two are quite different.”