WonderCon is known for being one of the largest conventions of its kind, featuring news on movies, comic books, television shows, and the entertainment industry at large. This year, WonderCon took place from April 3rd to April 5th in Anaheim, California, and while the show was abuzz with many exciting announcements, one of the more interesting developments is a rumor about a potential film starring a certain bear and a certain bird.
Rumor has it that film and media juggernaut Disney is planning to produce a new movie about Banjo-Kazooie, which would be created by the same team behind the video game-centric animated film Wreck-It Ralph. If this rumor turns out to be true, Disney plans on having the film finished and released by 2018 or 2019 at the latest.
Speaking of Wreck-It Ralph, there’s also been talk of the characters Banjo and Kazooie appearing in Wreck-It Ralph 2 instead of getting their own full-fledged animated feature. The original Wreck-It Ralph film featured an exhaustive amount of video game references and cameos, including appearances from Bowser and Dr. Eggman, so it’s not out of the question that we could see the characters from Banjo-Kazooie appear in the sequel.
To add further fuel to the fire, Richard Moore, director of Wreck-It Ralph, has expressed interest in having the sequel more thoroughly explore online and console gaming (the first movie mainly focused on arcades). Since Banjo-Kazooie is almost exclusively a console game series, it certainly fits the bill for what Moore wants in the sequel of his film.
This rumored film project is just the latest development that fans of Banjo-Kazooie should be excited about. The head of Xbox himself, Phil Spencer, recently expressed his support at the idea of Banjo being added to Super Smash Bros. as DLC. Furthermore, former Rare developers have split off and formed a new studio called Playtonic Games, and they are developing a spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie.
Despite largely ignoring Rare’s original IPs since acquiring them in 2002, Microsoft has shown a renewed interest in developing projects based on the classic Rare games. Xbox One launched with a reboot of Rare’s fighting game series Killer Instinct, and the foul-mouthed Conker the Squirrel will be returning to gaming in episodic DLC for Project Spark. Battletoads is returning as well, with the titular Battletoads appearing as playable characters in the Xbox One version of Shovel Knight.
Considering Microsoft’s interest in reviving other Rare IPs, it wouldn’t make any sense for them to ignore the fan demand for a traditional platforming Banjo-Kazooie game. In fact, the original Banjo-Kazooie is one of the most commercially successful games ever released by Rare, selling 1.8 million copies on the Nintendo 64 back in 1998. There is an established, built-in, and hungry fan base, and Microsoft would be wise to take advantage of that.
Ultimately, if Microsoft decides not to revive the iconic bird and bear in game form, at least there is hope for an animated Banjo-Kazooie movie from the talented people at Disney.
Source: My Nintendo News