It appears the live-action Super Mario Bros. movie hasn’t completely soured the former plumber’s acting career. A report from the Wall Street Journal claims the studio behind Despicable Me and Minions is in talks with Nintendo to create an animated film set in the Mario universe.
Before you freak out about seeing Mario on the big screen, there’s some good news: Nintendo apparently wants to be involved in the creative process, with the possibility of Shigeru Miyamoto serving as producer. Miyamoto’s involvement should be enough to excite Mario fans.
Previously, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima teased the company wanted to bring Mario to the big screen, so today’s news isn’t all that surprising. Illumination, for its parts, has created some of Hollywood’s most successful animated movies, using beautiful art and humor to appeal to both kids and adults.
Nintendo recently teamed with Ubisoft for a game on the Switch, so clearly Nintendo is open to collaboration. Given the extremely positive response to Super Mario Odyssey, it’s obvious Nintendo wants to keep that momentum going by exploring other options.
Mario seems to be more popular than ever right now thanks to Super Mario Run and Super Mario Odyssey. With Nintendo potentially involved in the creative process, one can’t help but feel optimistic about a potential movie.
But I have questions: If one is made, would there be a lot of speaking lines? Would Illumination stick with Charles Martinet?