After More Than 20 Years, Mario Might Return To The Big Screen

Wednesday, 15 Nov, 2017

One source claims that Nintendo representative director and Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto will likely serve as a producer on the movie, alongside Illumination Entertainment CEO Chris Meledandri.

I wouldn't do Super Mario Brothers.

There may be no hard confirmation of this deal, but Nintendo has been reportedly interested in licensing their characters to other mediums (remember Mario's cameo in Pixels?). Yet, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Nintendo might be thinking of bringing the red and blue moustachioed plumber and his brother back to Hollywood. In 1993, their live action Super Mario Brothers movie flopped and, since then, the company has been anxious to put their beloved characters to the movies.

In one of the highest profile licensing deals made by a Hollywood studio in decades, Illumination Entertainment have nearly sealed the deal make the animated movie.

It's not uncommon for popular gaming franchises to be turned into movies and while efforts like the Assassin's Creed movie might have bombed, Nintendo would be hoping for a different result.

The animated Super Mario Bros. film is now in "early development", which doesn't mean much.

Of course, this won't be the first Mario movie if it happens. Considering Mario's mutability over the years, the movie could really be about anything-a rowdy go-kart race, for instance. It has made "Minions" and "The Secret Life of Pets".

Regarding the Mario movie, as of press time, there is no indication that John Leguizamo will be reprising his role as Luigi.