Nintendo Teaming Up With Illumination Entertainment to Create a Mario Movie
Nintendo is preparing to enter the motion picture market after more than 20 years since its last attempt with 1993 Super Mario Bros. However, Nintendo isn’t attempting another live-action entry. Instead, Nintendo is partnering with Illumination Entertainment, the studio which made Despicable Me and The Secret Life of Pets to create an animated Mario movie.
According to Nintendo’s official Twitter account, the movie will be co-produced by Mario’s creator Shigeru Miyamoto.
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
Rumors of this news began to circulate in November of last year, but it was confirmed this week that the film was being made and would be distributed by Universal Studios. No news has been released regarding a release date or even a window.
Traditionally, Nintendo has been wary of making adaptations of its properties outside of Pokemon. The 1993 movie is widely considered one of the worst movies ever made and an example of a bad video game movie. It did make a few cartoons in the 80s and 90s. By the standards of children’s shows, they weren’t awful, but they were hardly masterpieces. Hopefully, Miyamoto’s guidance will ensure a quality product.
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