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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Looks like Mario and Luigi will be getting a second shot at the big screen very soon. According to a new report from the Wall Street Journal, Illumination Entertainment is nearing an agreement with Nintendo to create a Super Mario Bros. movie.

Illumination Entertainment is a well known animation studio, best known for their mid-budget, charming animated films that manage to make money off their high concepts. Their films include such successful fare as Despicable Me, Minions, The Secret Life of Pets, and Sing. The talks between Illumination and Nintendo have reportedly been taking place for over a year, which makes sense given the history this franchise has with Hollywood.

Of course, given the fiasco that was the 1993 Super Mario Brothers movie, Nintendo is very precious about their brand, and a big part of this deal has been reassuring the Japanese video game company that they would be involved in the creative process. Mario creator and video game guru Shigeru Miyamoto has been a part of these talks with Illumination, and will likely be a producer for the film.

This reveal comes on the heels of the mammothly successful Super Mario Odyssey video game for the Nintendo Switch, and is likely a great move to help capitalize on the character’s continuing success.

What do you think of this possibility? Is Illumination the right company to make this film, and is it a good idea that Nintendo — a video game company — have too much creative oversight for their film? Finally, is this option a better one than trying to create a live-action film? Let us know all your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: WSJ

  • TheOct8pus

    I wonder if this new version of Mario is going to have a fake sounding Italian accent… they should get an actual Italian actor to voice him to make it more authentic.

    • Victor Roa

      it’d be a popular comedian, like TJ Miller. And probably there’s a poppa mario that he has to live up to, and he has the accent, because all of these films are all about disappointing dad because the dads are 30 something and owned the original NES and can watch it with their children.

  • Victor Roa

    so Nintendo went with Illumination instead of Disney…… sigh, keep you’re eyes on the 3D message boards someone’s gonna leak Nintendo’s insane demands. Like Miyamoto is gonna come in and say something mistranslated and they do something crazy like “the whole film should be upside down.”

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.