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Are We Close To Getting An Animated Super Mario Movie?


Taking a video game and adapting it to the big screen is a delicate art. At its best we have been given delightfully cheesy outings such as Prince of Persia and Mortal Kombat, and at worst we have the likes of the Resident Evil franchise, Need for Speed, Tekken, Dead or Alive, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, Assassin’s Creed, the Hitman movies, Doom, Alone in the Dark, Max Payne, the Silent Hill movies, Street Fighter, Double Dragon, Wing Commander, Bloodrayne and House of the Dead.

It’s definitely an uphill battle.

Of course we can’t forget about the live-action version of Nintendo’s poster boy. With the acting talents of Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo and Dennis Hopper behind it, what could possibly go wrong?


Thankfully Mario has had his phenomenal line-up of games to fall back on, in spite of this abomination of a film has tarnishing his name on the big screen.

However, if rumours are to be believed, thdn the plumber from the Mushroom Kingdom might be in the process of receiving a long overdue animated adaptation!

According to an article on Gamespot

Mario may be headed to the big screen once again. 24 years after the failure that is the live-action Super Mario Bros. movie, Nintendo is reportedly nearing a deal to make an animated movie based on the hit franchise.

That’s according to the Wall Street Journal, which reports that Nintendo is in talks with Illumination Entertainment, a subsidiary of Universal Studios responsible for movies like Despicable MeThe Secret Life of Pets, and Minions. The WSJ says the two companies have been speaking about the prospect for a year but that a deal is now “close” to being signed. As you’d expect, neither company is talking about the deal publicly just yet.

Nintendo has famously been hesitant to allow its franchises to be adapted into movies. The aforementioned Super Mario Bros., released in 1993, was a critical and commercial failure, although it did leave us with a truly magical cinematic moment. The WSJ notes that Hollywood has long been interested in Nintendo properties, given their worldwide success.

The report states that Nintendo would want to play a creative role in the film, and that series creator Shigeru Miyamoto (now a Representative Director with the company) will potentially serve as a producer. Miyamoto has previously experimented with film, even releasing a series of Pikmin shorts. Last year, Nintendo made it clear it was interested in expanding to films but that it would like to do “more than just license something.”

If this does come to pass, hopefully it can erase the memories of seeing those freakish Koopa hybrids…