Super Mario is getting a new CGI-based movie in 2022, with Despicable Me studio Illumination handling the heavy lifting.
However, Mario's creator Shigeru Miyamoto is intimately involved and has been speaking to Japanese publication Famitsu about the exact moment he realised he could trust Illumination with this epic task.
Miyamoto explains that the key moment was when Chris Meledandri, the CEO of Illumination, opened up about one of his past failures:
Miyamoto: When we started our partnership with Universal, I heard that the CEO of Illumination, Chris Meledandri, wanted to meet with me – he was also signed with Universal. So I met with him and talked. He brought things with him that I had mentioned in interviews in the past to say that our ways of thinking and doing things are one in the same.
Famitsu: He was very eager.
Miyamoto: I didn’t know what kind of angle he was getting at, but I’ll never forget when he talked to me about why he had failed before. That’s when I thought, “I think I can trust this guy.” That was right around the time I was considering movies, so we decided to have him do the animation for us when he said, “What do you say? Let’s make something together.” It took a really long time for things to come together, but we finally found our way.
Famitsu: What was Chris’s “failure” that he mentioned?
Miyamoto: Can’t say. (Laughs)
Given the failure of the previous live-action Super Mario movie from the early '90s, it's easy to see why Miyamoto is being so cautious about allowing his most famous creation onto the big screen again. However, it would seem that in Meledandri, the esteemed game designer has found someone he feels he can trust with the job.