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The SUPER MARIO BROS. Animated Movie Could Debut By 2022

The SUPER MARIO BROS. Animated Movie Could Debut By 2022

Update, 11/6/18:

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Chris Meledandri, Illumination founder, spoke to Variety about his intent for the Super Mario Bros. animated movie. He recognizes the 1993 movie wasn’t…well, good. Meledandri sees it as an opportunity, saying, “I think that’s more exciting or more worthy than simply making another version of a film that was done incredibly well to begin with.”

He confirmed they’re keeping Super Mario Bros. designer/producer Shigeru Miyamoto closely involved in the process and believes that having someone so tied to the property can only help the adaptation. Illumination is prioritizing the movie, and Variety states it could be in theaters in 2022, though challenges exist. Meledandri said the hurdle they have to overcome “is taking things that are so thin in their original form and finding depth that doesn’t compromise what generations of fans love about Mario” We don’t envy him that task.

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There is perhaps no category of film adaptation more maligned than the video game movie. And there is perhaps no video game movie more mocked than 1993’s Super Mario Bros. The Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo led adventure comedy has maintained such a sour reputation that it’s looked like no one would ever dare to attempt a Mario movie again. That is, until now.

As first reported by the Wall Street Journal, Illumination Entertainment is in talks with Nintendo to bring a brand new Mario Bros. picture to life. Apparently, such discussions have been carrying on under the radar over the course of the past year, breeding even further optimism that a deal might indeed come to light.

Nintendo confirmed reports that they’re partnering with Illumination, the animation studio behind Minions and Despicable Me, on an animated movie starring Mario.

The film will be co-produced by Shigeru Miyamoto and Chris Meledandri. They haven’t announced a release date yet, but really, isn’t Super Mario timeless?

The notion of a Mario movie seems like a no-brainer. The overwhelming popularity of the Nintendo Switch’s Super Mario Odyssey proves that the 30-odd-year-old princess-saving ex-plumber is just as beloved and exciting a property now as he was back in his ape-hammering days.

The burning question: Which of Mario’s varied adventures would lend best to a feature film? The traditionalist in me thinks that Illumination would be wisest to send its hero on a quest through the plains, pipes, seas, deserts, tundra, ghost houses, and cloud realms of the Mushroom Kingdom we all know and love, though perhaps the big screen is an opportunity to send the pint-sized Don Quixote on a quest brand new to lifelong Mario devotees.

Let us know what you think in the comments!

Images: Nintendo

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