To say that the success of the Sonic the Hedgehog film came as a surprise to audiences would be an understatement.
Most people were expecting a disaster, instead we got a film with an opening weekend that barely zipped past Detective Pikachu’s opening weekend. So, we can expect a sequel, that’s for sure.
But what about other video game IPs out there? What’s next on the radar for Hollywood?
Well, if they’re using polls, apparently video gamers want to see a serious Mario movie. No shocker there, really. But they also want to see a Pac-Man film which, we have to say, is a little bit surprising.
Nintendo potentially has a Mario movie brewing with the people behind the film Despicable Me, The Hollywood Reporter says. They’re the media outlet that conducted the poll and they explained that Mario’s first-place finish isn’t terribly shocking. It’s really kind of a given how it is easily the most successful video game franchise of all time when you count all of the properties that fall under that banner.
Morning Consult Vice President Tyler Sinclair told The Hollywood Reporter that now is the time for video game movies.
“There’s a strong consumer appetite for film adaptations from video games, which spells good news for studios looking to tap into the billion-dollar gaming industry,” Sinclair said. “Among both the general public and more dedicated gamers, our polling shows live-action movie adaptations most in demand include Super Mario Brothers, Pac-Man and Mario Kart.”
Other top finishers included Donkey Kong, Halo, Call of Duty, and even another Final Fantasy flick. There were even some popular sentiments for Oregon Trail and Pong.
So, Oregon Trail or Donkey Kong, which will come first? In all honesty though, an Oregon Trail film could be truly epic way beyond a simple video game film.
With how many popular and longstanding properties, Nintendo could take very good advantage of a rising video game movie trend.. They’re fielding so many properties that it would seem to be leaving money on the table for them to not pursue some kind of “Nintendo Cinematic Universe” strategy.
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