With Mario being one of the all-time famous video game characters as well as Nintendo’s mascot, it would be inevitable for the classic platforming series to have film adaptations. It turns out that Nintendo is set to work with Illumination Entertainment, the studio behind the Despicable Me series, to produce a new movie starring the iconic Italian plumber. It is also likely that Universal Pictures will have distribution rights to the film since that studio owns Illumination.
This announcement was recently made on Nintendo’s official website, just after its third-quarter financial results were made public. In addition, the news was made available on Nintendo of America’s official Twitter page. The tweet details that Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto and Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri will co-produce the movie, and can be seen below:
The Super Mario Bros. series is no stranger to film, seeing that in 1993, there was a live-action movie starring Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo as the titular Mario brothers. However, this is the first time the series will be adapted into an animated feature. Furthermore, Illumination’s history with adapting existing properties such as The Lorax and the upcoming The Grinch makes the studio the appropriate candidate to bring the series to the big screen.
No information has been revealed in regards to the film, so the title, release date, and plot synopsis are currently a mystery. It is expected that these details will soon be revealed in the following months.
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– Mark Tan
Untitled Mario Movie has no confirmed release date at the moment.