Last November, we reported on the rumor from the Wall Street Journal that Nintendo was looking to team with animation studio Illumination Entertainment to bring Mario to the big screen for the first time since the universally-hated live-action Super Mario Bros. movie from the 1990s.
However, last month, it was revealed that this deal had yet to go through, and that while it seemed imminent, there was still no guarantee. However, Nintendo of America recently took to Twitter to share that their deal has seemingly panned out, and that we will be able to expect a Mario movie in the near future.
Check out the announcement below:
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
Perhaps the most interesting part for me is the phrasing. Rather than saying a “Super Mario Bros. movie,” they said “a movie starring Mario,” meaning that they could really be going in a completely unexpected direction with this. Rather than going for a typical interpretation, what if they went more of fourth-wall-breaking Wreck-It Ralph approach? That would definitely be a lot of fun and something worth checking out.
While there was no date stated, it’s been rumored that they’re shooting for a 2020 release date. We’ll have to wait and see if that’s possible, as the time from inception to completion of animated films can often last a handful of years. However, Illumination has always been good at making relatively fast and profitable turnarounds for their movies.
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