Older gamers know that the Super Mario Bros were given a bad rap with the live action 1993 film that starred an English actor and a Latino comedian as Italian plumbers from Brooklyn, New York and nearly ruined the career of Dennis Hopper. But there is always room for redemption. Illumination Entertainment, the animation company behind the hit “Despicable Me” franchise, “Minions” and “Sing”, is teaming up with Nintendo to make an animated movie featuring the Mario, Luigi, Peach Toadstool and Toad. Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and Nintendo Representative Director and creator of “Super Mario Bros” Shigeru Miyamoto will serve as producers. In November 2017, Illumination was in reported talks with Nintendo about making a film based on Super Mario Bros and were “close to a deal” at the time. It was reported that Illumination would like to do several films based on the long running game series but only one film is planned. Illumination’s Paris-based studio, Mac Guff, would animated the film.
But the Marios aren’t the only ones getting their moment in the spotlight. Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima has said in a 2016 interview with the Asahi Shimbun newspaper that Nintendo is talking with several companies about making movies based on their games. Nintendo looked towards getting the film rights to the Super Mario Bros from Sony Pictures, according to a report from the news website Buzzfeed. Nintendo is already collaborating with Universal to bring Nintendo based attractions to Universal Studios Japan, Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando. The first of these attractions, “Super Nintendo World”, began construction in June 2016 in Universal Studios Japan.
Join Mario as he takes you on a tour of “Super Nintendo World!!”