Nintendo gamers rejoice! It looks like after nearly twenty five years, we will be seeing Mario on the big screen, according to the Wall Street Journal. Nintendo reportedly is working on a deal with Universal and Illumination to create something for the big screen here pretty soon. If you’re wondering who Illumination is, they’re the creators of animated movies such as Despicable Me, The Minions, Dr. Suess’ The Lorax . With a reputable studio behind the creation of this film and creative insight from Nintendo, this movie has a lot of potential. The project is reportedly going to be a multi-movie deal, with heavy involvement from the creator of the franchise, Shigeru Miyamoto.
Not much commenting is happening from Nintendo or Illumination, as it seems like a newly developed deal. I would expect that it be a few years before we will see this on the big screen. Shigeru Miyamoto has reportedly been working on other related projects such as Nintendo themed rides at Universal Studios theme parks, in which he helped create the designs for their creation.
The last time Mario graced the big screen, it wasn’t necessarily the best look and solidified its lack of need for the”live action movie” status that was a craze at the time. In 1993, the live action (and cringy) Super Mario Bro’s live action movie was released with Bob Hoskins as Mario and John Leguizamo as Luigi. It didn’t fair very well with fans of the Mario Bro’s brand and was by even those unbeknownst to the game, a terribly produced movie.
Lets hope the creatives at Illuminate can give the Mario Bros brand a new and improved presence on the big screen. We’ll update as more details become available.