The director of ‘The Lego Movie’ and president of Vertigo entertainment Roy Lee has expressed his interest in working on a Nintendo film, calling it ‘The Holy Grail’.
Speaking at a ‘Franchise Fever: Pursuing Ideas and Big Audiences’ DICE panel, Lee was asked what his dream movie project would be. “Mine would be Nintendo. I think Zelda, Mario, and the whole universe of characters would be perfect for a Lego Movie type of [film]. I don’t have the rights to it, but I would love to. That would be my Holy Grail.” Says Lee, via Game Informer.
Adrian Askerieh, CEO of Prime Universe Films, agreed saying that Nintendo could provide one of the most diverse universes, and would be received well. Lee and Askerieh agreed that it all comes down to finding the right people to bring it to life, and the game creators would need to be involved as much as possible for it to work.
Nintendo have yet to see a successful transition into movies, with 1993’s Super Mario Bros bombing at the box office in a big way. Other rumours have included a live-action Legend of Zelda series for Netflix, but nothing has been confirmed.
Nintendo have expressed their interest in areas outside of video games as of late, allowing Mario’s rival Bowser to make a cameo appearance in Disney’s Wreck-It-Ralph. Most recently, Donkey Kong appeared in Adam Sandler’s Pixels.
Having already branched out into the world of mobile gaming, Nintendo are proving more accommodating to trying new things and being branded as an entertainment company as opposed to just gaming. A well done movie could definitely help them accomplish this.
Would you like to see a Nintendo movie? If so, what franchise should be first up? The Legend of Zelda seems like the most obvious choice, but perhaps something a little smaller first. Let us know your thoughts!