The Wall Street Journal reported Illumination Entertainment is near an agreement with Nintendo to make an animated ‘Super Mario Bros.’ movie based on the iconic video game franchise about plumbers Mario and Luigi.
Both organizations are denying the rumor though Variety has confirmed the news. The original video game was released as a sequel to the 1983 game Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. was released in Japan and North America in 1985, and in Europe and Australia two years later. The Super Mario Bros. games and spinoffs have sold more than 330 million units. It was the best-selling game of all time for a single platform for approximately three decades,until Nintendo’s Wii Sports took that title in the late 2000s.
In 1993 Nintendo made a deal with The Walt Disney Studios through Hollywood Pictures for a live-action “Super Mario Bros.” film starring Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo, and Dennis Hopper. The movie was a flop being unsuccessful both critically and commercially while receiving criticism for its storyline, characters and dialogue.
We don’t know yet who’s directing, and who is voicing the infamous plumber in the new animated feature. The Journal reports the project is in the early stages of development and will be animated by Illumination’s Mac Guff studio in Paris.