Grab some mushrooms and dive through the nearest warp pipe, the Mario brothers are headed back to the big screen once more. Reports surfaced in November last year that Nintendo and Illumination, the Universal-owned studio behind Minions & Sing, were pursuing a new animated Mario film.
Now that’s confirmed.
Nintendo announced the partnership through a post on Twitter, that they are partnering with Illumination for the film that will be produced by Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto and Despicable Me franchise producer Chris Meledandri.
There is not a lot of other info, such as what the film will focus on (if it will be one of the games or some entirely new storyline) or when we might see this movie.
Famously Mario and his brother Luigi and some of their supporting cast and antagonists hit the big screen in the critically and commercially panned Super Mario Bros. film starring Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo, and Dennis Hopper among others. That film famously took a lot of liberties with the property, making Nintendo shy away from allowing their other properties to be adapted.
Only time will tell how this film works out and if it will finally open the door to adaptations of other beloved Nintendo properties.