Friday, March 13, 2020

Nintendo Games Generate the Most Movie Interest from Hollywood

As Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog races past the $200 million mark at the global box office, Hollywood is looking ahead to a number of other video game adaptations on the horizon.

Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. and Namco’s Pac-Man top the list of desired video game adaptations. The former, which is far-and-away the best-selling video game franchise in history, with more than 639 million units sold since the mushroom-gobbling titular plumber first debuted in 1981, has already been adapted multiple times in the past, most notably in the bizarre 1993 film Super Mario Bros. starring Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo; a project that brought in only $20.9 million at the box office and had very little connection to its source material. 

Meanwhile, a Mario animated film is currently in the works from Nintendo and Despicable Me studio Illumination. 

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