Legendary video game composer, Grant Kirkhope, recently revealed on the podcast Kiwi Talks that his goal in the immediate future is to compose for Illumination's CGI Mario Movie - scheduled to make its big-screen debut in 2022.
Kirkhope feels he knows Mario enough at this stage after working on Mario + Rabbids (and even composing Banjo-Kazooie music for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate) and believes he's someone who could help bring Mario to life on the silver screen.
"I know Mario and I know working with Nintendo, I know what they're like about protecting their music, and they're very....they want you to respect the character and I've got that, I know how to respect Mario and I really think I could do a good job with the Mario movie."
His concern is that he'll "probably" get nowhere near it, because they'll hire some "Hollywood triple-A guy" instead, but he still thinks he could do a good job.
"So I'm trying to get myself in the frame for that, I have a few little connections that are probably going to go nowhere, but I'm actively trying to do something about that...but I doubt very strongly I'd get anywhere near it."
Not long after this, Kirkhope restated his case as to why he should be given this opportunity:
"Nintendo know me well, so like you know...Nintendo are going to be super protective about that IP because that's their biggest IP they have."
"They know how respecful I am of their properties, they've worked with me before, they know that I'm completely easy to work with, I'll do whatever they want, so you know I feel like...I just feel like you know, I could do a good job."
"I would pour my entire life and soul into that project for as long as it takes to make it briiliant."
A Change.org petition has now been set up to help Grant Kirhope get noticed by Nintendo and Universal and score his dream job after he joked to "get a petition going". Feel free to sign it yourself and show your support.
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