Film producer Chris Meledandri becomes one of the new figures to reach the Nintendo Board of Directors.
The president of the Illumination studio has become a prominent figure for the Japanese house, being the development partner of the expansion to the world of animated cinema of its franchises.
Meledandri would rise to prominence as the producer of the movie Despicable Me and an essential part of its sequel universe, which brought the popular Minions into the world. His experience in the entertainment field was praised by the Nintendo leadership.
At its most recent report for shareholders, Shuntaro Furukawa, president of the entity and Shigeru Miyamoto, general producer, valued Meledandri as a figure capable of offering an objective vision within its board of directors, as an expert in the audiovisual field.
Miyamoto can speak faithfully about this experience, coordinating the Super Mario movie Illumination is making. Considering that Nintendo has a specific way of doing things, there must be a great adaptation on the part of the new member to the peculiarities of this company.
This has been expressed in statements that the author has had since his partnership to produce Nintendo films was revealed:
This is a very ambitious goal. The challenge of taking things that are very thin in their original form and finding a depth that doesn’t put in check what generations of fans love about Mario, but also feels organic about the iconography and can support a structure of 3 acts.
There is a serious problem in the history of Hollywood and it is that these people always believe they know much more than those responsible for creating a property. I have made that mistake before and it is something that I will not repeat again.
With this presence in mind, Chris Meledandri’s vision is able to provide confidence in what comes out of the Nintendo character-based productions they have planned with Illumination.