In an interview with the Associated Press, Nintendo legend and Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto was asked about the recent Sony Pictures leak that claimed an animated Super Mario Bros. movies was in the works. He said:
I heard something about that this morning. What’s interesting is that over the past 20 years, people come to us on a fairly regular basis about creating “Mario” movies. There are times that those ideas end right when they bring them to us, and other times we’ll listen to presentations. It’s not very unusual, and it’s something we’ve been doing for a very long time. I don’t particularly have a vision that the next iteration of “Mario” is going to be in film.
Miyamoto doesn’t seem too enthralled with the idea of a Mario movie, but his recent work with a series of Pikmin short films might signal the beginning of a new creative focus for the Nintendo executive.