Nintendo has announced that the company is partnering with Illumination Entertainment to develop an animated Super Mario film.
Late last year, it was reported that Nintendo was close to making a deal with Universal Pictures’ Illumination Entertainment to make an animated Super Mario film. Now, Nintendo has officially confirmed that the company is teaming with Illumination on a Super Mario film with Nintendo Representative Director and Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto co-producing alongside Chris Meledandri, the founder and CEO of Illumination.
Universal Pictures and Nintendo will co-finance the project with Universal Pictures distributing the film theatrically worldwide.
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
Hollywood first adapted the titular plumber’s adventures on the big screen with the critically lambasted live-action feature starring Bob Hoskins in the lead role and John Leguizamo as Luigi. Since the release of the critically and financially unsuccessful Super Mario Bros., Nintendo has been hesitant to bring their fan-favorite characters to the big screen with the Pokemon franchise being a notable exception.
Details on the Super Mario movie’s plot are currently unknown, though fans of the video game series will likely be hoping for the film to include several beloved characters including Luigi, Peach, Toad, Yoshi, and Bowser.
A release date for the Super Mario film has not been set.
Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the project as it develops!
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