Director Rich Moore says it "would be great" for sequel to feature iconic Nintendo mascot.
A sequel to last month's chart-topping game-focused animated film Wreck-It Ralph may feature iconic Nintendo mascot Mario. Director Rich Moore told MovieHole that he is currently constructing ideas for the next entry, adding that he is dead-set on having Mario play a part.
"We'll really come up with something good for Mario to do [in the next film]," Moore said. "To be able to present him in the sequel would be great."
The filmmaker also elaborated on why Mario was not among the cast for the first film, which included Mario nemesis Bowser, as well as Dr. Robotnik and others. Moore said Mario's absence from the first entry was not due to any rights issue from Nintendo, but rather, he could not find an appropriate place for the portly plumber.
Wreck-It Ralph hit theaters November 2 and earned $49.1 million in United States box office revenue during its debut. It was the top-grossing film in its launch weekend, outpacing Back to the Future and Cast Away director Robert Zemeckis' new film Flight in the number two spot.
All I know is that if Mario gets put into the next film, there needs to be a scene at Tapper's where it shows him and Sonic having a root beer.
"but rather, he could not find an appropriate place for the portly plumber."
yeah? what I read was that Nintendo was charging way too much for letting them filmakers have Mario and Luigi in their movie. guessing now that the movie proved to be quite a success, nintendo will cut them a slack and make a better deal for the Mario Bros.
its worth pointing, in Nintendo's defense, they have had bad experience when trying to put the Mario Bros. in a movie.
Mario (and numerous other game characters) making a cameo appearance would be nice for the sequel. But should special appearances alone be the only reason to see a movie? They need to make the sequel engaging enough to be worth the watch, not cash in on some "Where's Waldo-esque" eye-candy for one-tenth of a movie. Sounds like they want Mario to be their scapegoat.
I honestly think Mario would steal the spotlight if he was included.
Wouldn't mind seeing Kirby though.
Yes and my boyish dream of having a Nintendo world in Kingdom Hearts is slowly coming together... soon Disney shall own everything through small deals like these MUAH HA HA HA!!!! Move over Oprah, there is a new HBIC!
They're going to put Mario in there next Disney film... WHAT what they don't mean they're going to put him in the 2013 future Disney film Frozen.
That's good news. The first movie gave me the feeling of: "Sorry Disney...Your Mario's in another castle."
Great film, and I woudn't mind a sequel. Not sure if I care about mario having a role in it past "background shot" since I really liked the paraody game characters the movie came up with.
Damn! I missed this movie in the theater :(
Lol is that picture from a scene from the movie? Zangief and Bison lol!
Absolutely loved this film. Easily Animated picture of the year.
I would have liked it more if they had a more climactic fight at the end, or more game hoping, but for what it is, it was not only a work of art but the best video game inspired movie I've ever seen... and trust me, I've seen them all thinking Tomb Raider and Final Fantasy were the best that genres would ever go... yet, they were still awful.
" but rather, he could not find an appropriate place ..."
He gave the same reason for not including TRON references dispite Disney owning it he couldn't figure a way to include it without feeling forced which I can see because frankly there wasn't as much "machine hopping" as I expected and a good half (or more) of the movie took place inside "Sugar Rush".
@trdrstv Having Tron in the movie would have been a little TOO meta for my tastes. People entering a virtual world interacting with virtual characters jumping from virtual world to virtual world to meet other virtual characters? Yowza.
After reluctantly going to the movies with my boy to see this movie, I am happy to say it is one of the few animated flicks I have actually laughed at. It is too bad that none of the old school nintendo characters spoke but from I hear, it was because nintendo is very strict with others using their mascots. Capcom apparently does not have that issue. like with Zangief "I crush men like sparrow egg between thigh."
i thought mario was who they were basing the Fix-It Felix, Jr. character on. at least from the old school DK days
I would absolutelly love anything from The Legend of Zelda. Mario himself appearing is still very good though.
Well, I hope he does Mario some Justice. I wouldn't mind A LOT more cameos either. Fun movie for sure.
I thought the movie was highly enjoyable. It was tailored for small children and their parents who grew up with the classics which suited me as I'm in the 'older generation' category.
While it's nice to see posters wanted to see X character inserted into the movie, only that poster with a small handful of others would get that reference. Mario is such a big deal because he's been around for a long time. You may not like the game or the character but he is iconic in video game history.
Mario wasn't in the movie because the hefty licensing fee couldn't be justified for a mere cameo.
i thought the film was good. It may have been a bit overhyped. It's not as good as say The Incredibles, Toy Story series, Ratatouille or Kung Fu Panda. It's about as good as Monster's Inc or Wall-E. Still, I saw it in 3D and thought it was decent. Was cool seeing all these gaming characters together. I really hope they focus more on the real gaming characters and less the new ones they created. It really seems like the gaming characters were just there for show, but not used for most of the film. After the villains meeting, you really don't get to see them again till the end. Hopefully they all can be incorporated more in the sequel. Give Mario decent role.
@blackace I wouldn't even compare it. If anything you can only compare it to Tangled. This isn't Pixar, its the Disney animation team
Haven't seen the movie yet, but feel like the forced inclusion of Mario is just further proof that that property is getting a little tired. Just recently read this great article about Nintendo's comfort zone with those games and how they haven't succesfully broken out of it.
@plashy No, bad! Stick to the script. Your line is "BRAAIINS!". Braindead zombies aren't allowed to say anything else.
@plashy You know you're supposed to read the article before you comment on it?
I read the first sentence and then realized that the comment has no credibility.
@plashy How can it be a FORCED inclusion when HE WASN'T IN THE FILM? And he wasn't in the film because the director wanted him to have a role that wasn't forced. Fucking moron.
@plashy There is so much bias in that article its disgusting.
How about keeping the story focused on video games this time instead of letting it turn into a racing movie? Leave that crap to Vin Diesel.
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