Remember Nintendo? The company that gave us Gameboy and some of our favourite shows and games including Pokémon and Mario. Now, Nintendo has confirmed that they will be co-producing a movie starring Mario. Illumination Entertainment, the animation studio behind Despicable Me, Minions, and The Secret Life of Pets will join hands with Nintendo for the project.
The creator of Mario, the famous video games Shigeru Miyamoto will produce the film alongside Chris Meledandri, the CEO of Illumination Entertainment and will be distributed by Universal Pictures. The gaming giants took to Twitter to announce the news and also mentioned the fact that the movie will be starring Mario. The announcement is unclear if the film will star only Mario or any other animated character. This gives fans enough suspense to keep the buzz around the film alive.
[任天堂HP] ニュースリリース「イルミネーションと任天堂 「スーパーマリオ」アニメ映画の企画開発を開始」を掲載しました。 https://t.co/eT78viRySx— 任天堂株式会社 (@Nintendo) February 1, 2018
Family-oriented films, especially Minions, Hop and The Secret Life of Pets, have been Illumination Entertainment’s specialty and Mario which first featured in 1981’s Donkey Kong, has sold in excess of 500 million copies.
But Mario's previous Hollywood venture didn't go so well. Super Mario Bros, the 1993 Mario film alongside his brother John Leguizamo was a disaster at the box office and got a poor response from fans and critics alike. The Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie a 15% rating.
Although the date of release and the voice of key characters are still not declared, with Illumination Entertainment and Nintendo joining hands, fans are looking forward to a whole new experience of a video game character in the silver screen.