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The Mario Movie is Aiming for Release By 2022

It’s been 25 years since the critically panned Super Mario Bros. movie from the ’90s, and Nintendo is finally getting ready to give their most iconic character a second shot at the big screen. Nintendo announced early this year that they’ve teamed up with Illumination to bring the movie to life, and Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto is calling the shots to make sure it’s true to his vision.

So when we can we expect to see this all come to fruition? We don’t yet have a hard release date, and probably won’t for quite some time, but Illumination has a broad window in mind. According to founder Chris Meledandri, the film is in “priority development” at Illumination, which is no surprise given what a massive intellectual property Mario is. It sounds like development is still in the early stages, but Illumination is aiming to have it out by 2022 or before, if possible.

This movie will mark another step in Nintendo’s plans to diversify and establish themselves in the public eye as an entertainment company. They’re also aiming to open up their first theme park by 2020, and they have plans for more in the coming years. It’s a whole new era for Nintendo, and they’re not content with the video game market alone anymore.

Source: Variety

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Miyamoto is Calling the Shots on the Mario Movie

Hollywood’s attempts at turning video games into movies have often ended in disappointment. Numerous problems have plagued these adaptations, but one of the most glaring is often a failure to respect the source material. Now that we know there’s an animated Mario movie in the works, many fans are wondering if we’re doomed to see this shortcoming yet again, but a recent interview regarding its development should be cause for optimism.

Chris Meledandri, founder of Illumination, recently sat down with Variety and discussed the failure of the past
Mario movie and Illumination’s plans to avoid a similar disaster. Meledandri seems to relish the challenge of repairing Mario’s reputation in the movie world, and in order to do so, his team is making one crucial change: they’re putting Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto in charge.

“We are keeping him front and center in the creation of this film. I’ve rarely seen that happen with any adaptation where the original creative voice is being embraced like we’re embracing Miyamoto. There’s a history in Hollywood of people believing that they know better than the people responsible for a property. I’ve made that mistake before.”
— Chris Meledandri

The 1993
Super Mario Bros. movie was anything but a faithful adaptation, but it seems that Illumination has learned a lesson from the failures of the past. Of course, there’s no guarantee that the film will be a huge success, but with Miyamoto at the helm, fans can at least be assured that this movie will be in line with Nintendo’s vision for the Mario universe.

Source: Variety

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Nintendo is Making a Mario Movie with the Creators of Despicable Me

During a financial earnings presentation today, Nintendo announced that they are now working with Illumination Entertainment on a brand new movie starring Mario. The animated film will be co-produced by Shigeru Miyamoto and Chris Meledandri, the producer behind Despicable Me. We first heard talk of this possibility a few months ago, but this is the first time we’ve gotten confirmation that a Mario movie is on its way.

In addition to the Despicable Me series, Illumination Entertainment are known for movies such as The Secret Life of Pets, The Lorax, and Sing. The company is a subsidiary to Universal Studios, and many suspect that Illumination was chosen for this project due to Nintendo’s existing business ties to Universal, as the company is also working on the Super Nintendo World theme park.

So far, we know almost nothing about what the project will look like, as Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima has only stated that more information, such as a release date, will come later. The last two days have brought us a huge amount of news from Nintendo, from updated sales figures to the announcement of an all-new mobile Mario Kart game, thanks to the financial briefings that have taken place following the end of the most recent fiscal quarter.

What do you guys think? Are you excited for the film? What do you think of Illumination’s previous work, and do you think this movie will be similar to it? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Nintendo

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Miyamoto Would Cast Real-Life Twin Brothers to Play Mario and Luigi in a Movie

The Super Mario Bros. Movie from 1993 was a critical flop, but it has certainly found its place in history and in many gamers’ hearts as an amusing cult classic. Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto and Mario producer Takashi Tezuka were recently interviewed by MTV, and the interview focused on the topic of possibilities for Nintendo movies. If Nintendo were ever to start fresh with a new Mario movie, how would they go about casting? Interestingly, both Miyamoto and Tezuka believe that the roles should go to actual brothers, with Miyamoto stating that twins are a must!

Question: Super Mario Bros. was one of the first games made into a movie. Who would you cast in a reboot?

Tezuka: They both run around a lot, so it cannot be someone who is a little chubby. (laughs)

Miyamoto: (laughs) We’re not sure, but it would definitely be difficult to cast. But one thing we can say about the original film is that Luigi was very young and handsome in the original movie, but Mario and Luigi are supposed to be twins. So a new cast would definitely have to be twins.

Tezuka: Rather than using some celebrity or someone famous I think for us it’s better to have people who are actually siblings even if they might not look alike. If they are family that is more important.

Miyamoto: Definitely twins!

Should Nintendo ever take another shot at a
Super Mario Bros. movie? Who would you cast as Mario and Luigi? Make your suggestions below!

Source: MTV International

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Miyamoto Avoids Answering Whether the Mario Movie Will Ever Really Happen

In a recent interview with the Associated Press, Miyamoto discussed the recent Sony leak which unveiled that a new animated Mario movie was supposedly in the works. Miyamoto expressed that this was nothing new, as people have been pitching ideas for over 20 years. “It’s not very unusual, and it’s something we’ve been doing for a very long time,” Miyamoto stated. He also implied that nothing was in the works, but that doesn’t mean nothing will ever come out of Sony’s efforts.

“I heard something about that this morning. What’s interesting is that over the past 20 years, people come to us on a fairly regular basis about creating ‘Mario’ movies. There are times that those ideas end right when they bring them to us, and other times we’ll listen to presentations. It’s not very unusual, and it’s something we’ve been doing for a very long time. I don’t particularly have a vision that the next iteration of ‘Mario’ is going to be in film.” — Shigeru Miyamoto

Source: ABC News

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IGN Discusses Why Animation is the Right Choice for Mario

Last week, we got to see leaked emails regarding a possible collaboration between Sony and Nintendo to make an animated film about Nintendo’s Mario character. The emails, which were sent between Sony executives between February and October of this year, mentioned that ex-Marvel producer Avi Arad was in talks to produce the film for Sony Pictures.

Now, we’ve got a video from IGN’s Jim Vejvoda and Joshua Yehl where they discuss why animation is the best way to go with the Mario franchise.

We all remember (or have nightmares about) the old live-action Mario film from 1993. That “train wreck,” as Yehl puts it, scared Nintendo away from making any more films based on their games for a while. It might be that the success of recent game-related animations such as Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph and the Pikmin Short Films has sparked their interest in the idea of bringing our favorite red plumber back to the world of film.

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