As seen in history, movies based on video games aren’t exactly big scorers on box office revenues. They often end up as massive flops, and the worst case scenario is that their makers draw the ire of faithful gamers as their films hugely detract from the source material. However, with “The Lego Movie” producer Roy Lee taking interest in the franchise and turning Nintendo into a “Lego Movie-style” film, things could get less risky, and at best profitable.
“Zelda, Mario, the whole universe of characters, I feel like could be perfect for a Lego Movie-type movie,” Lee said at the 2016 DICE Summit in Las Vegas. ”I don’t have the rights to it, I would love to–that’s my holy grail.”
Nevertheless, he strongly emphasises that a Lego film with Nintendo characters isn’t exactly in development. The reason his comments came to be was in response to a query regarding which franchise he could take on if he was given the chance to choose anything he wants to.
Disney’s “Wreck-It Ralph” saw different cameos of video game characters from both Nintendo, Sega, Capcom, and an extensive list of video game publishers and developers. However, the movie isn’t actually based on the video game characters, and its producers had to go through lengths in order to get clearance for every character that appeared in the movie.
On the other hand, the “The Lego Movie” included a number of superstars from numerous franchises. There’s DC’s iconic characters Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Flash, and Wonder Woman, “The Lord of the Ring’s” Gandalf, “Star Wars’” Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3PO, among others. It easily made a killing in the box office, giving the idea that Lee could successfully pull off a Nintendo version of the Lego Movie. It’s also important to note that most games on Nintendo’s platform have kids as demographic, making the supposed Lego film a family movie unlike other video game-based films that have mature audiences to please, which would require a more critical plot and faithfulness in the source material to begin with.