So 1993 was not a good year for our beloved Mario. Super Mario Bros. was released into theaters and let’s just say it wasn’t memorable in the right ways. The movie bombed hard and even made Nintendo never wanted to try another adaptation again, but they seem to have softened on that stance.
The gaming giant has announced that is will team up with the studio behind Despicable Me and Minions studio, Illumination, to bring everyone’s favorite plumber to the silver screen. Well here’s hoping its a far better experience than what Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo went through in ’93. Also a good movie as well.
Mario creator himself Shigeru Miyamoto is signed on to produce the film alongside Chris Meledandri, who produced the aforementioned franchises in addition to the first Ice Age film.
A press release came out further explaining the project.
With this project, Nintendo will pursue its goals of effectively leveraging its intellectual properties in mediums outside of video games, and of bringing smiles to people around the world.
With this project, Illumination will continue to fulfill its mission of infusing joy and discovery into every property, allowing worldwide audiences of all ages to connect with the beloved characters and story from one of the world’s most popular franchises.
It’s very interesting to see Nintendo make this move given how badly the original failed, but then Pixels was adapted into a feature film and they actually allowed Donkey Kong and other properties to be used. Though the original film seemed to gain steam years after and has become a cult favorite, with some even making a sequel comic to the movie. It even got a Blu-Ray release.
Mario has been on a roll lately thanks to Super Mario Run and Odyssey, so a new film seems pretty obvious. Though given the track record of video games being adapted to film, here’s hoping this can break the mold.
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