It’s-a me, Mario!
Yes, as the title suggests, a new Super Mario Bros. animated movie is now in development. Illumination Entertainment and Nintendo are teaming up on the picture.
The news was announced by Tatsumi Kimishima, who confirmed that Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri will produce the effort along with Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto. Universal Pictures will co-finance the film with Nintendo, and Universal will then handle the worldwide distribution of the movie.
Nintendo and Illumination are partnering on a movie starring Mario, co-produced by Shigeru Miyamoto and Chris Meledandri! pic.twitter.com/wVRPLIzcGJ— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) February 1, 2018
No further details are known on this animated affair just yet, although we’d imagine it’s safe to presume that the likes of Luigi, Peach, Toad and the usual suspects will all be present and accounted for when the film makes its way to the big screen.
This won’t be the first cinematic outing for Mario et al, of course, with 1993’s live-action Super Mario Bros. mercilessly seen as an all-time turd amongst many moviegoers. That movie starred Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo, Samantha Mathis and Dennis Hopper.
As it happens, this isn’t the only Mario-driven news, with Nintendo having this week also announced a new Mario Kart mobile game dubbed Mario Kart Tour. That hotly-anticipated game is planned for March 2019.