We're getting a second shot at a Mario Movie
Mario, or Super Mario, is one of the most successful gaming franchises ever. They’ve sold over 330 million units around the world, and have grossed over $10 million in sales. Mario is no joke, and Nintendo know it. While Mario is successful, movie adaptations of gamers are often very bad. We’ve seen it in Mortal Kombat, DOOM, Street Fighter, and even Assassin’s Creed, but ironically the 1993 live-action adaptation of Super Mario Bros. is arguably the worst movie-to-game adaptation… ever.
The movie was so bad that Nintendo banned Hollywood from ever doing anything Nintendo again. Well, they didn’t really ban them, but they weren’t really interested in having any more adaptations of their games. They did allow a few appearances of their characters in Pixels and Wreck-It Ralph, but that’s about it. Luckily, animation is in a really good place and Nintendo are in the final stages of signing a new deal with Universal Studios for a new Mario movie according to the Wall Street Journal. The fragile re-entry of Mario will be placed in the hands of Illumination Entertainment, Universal’s own animation studio. If you’re wondering why it took 24 years for Nintendo to give Hollywood a second shot, it may be due to the fact that animation is bringing out some incredible movies, and Illumination are perhaps the best company to bring Mario back to the silver screen after their own success in the Despicable Me series, Minions, Sing, It’s quite the massive undertaking for the company as this will conclude one of the biggest deals in the game-to-movie genre and here’s hoping it’s a lot better than the 1993 version which will hopefully be forgotten.
It’s unclear when this will happen as the deal is still in it’s early stages of development.