That animated movie starring Mario is happening, Nintendo confirmed this week, and it’s coming from Illumination Entertainment, the studio behind Despicable Me and Minions.
Currently, no release date or timeframe has been revealed, but we can likely expect something in 2019 at the earliest.
The film is being co-produced by Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto and Illumination’s Chris Meledandri.
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
It’s unclear what the film will be about, but Illumination must have shown off one hell of a presentation to Nintendo in order to secure this partnership. The studio has formed a solid reputation for movies like Despicable Me and Minions, but its upcoming project will no doubt be its most high profile.
Nintendo’s Mario games are typically pretty simple: Bowser kidnaps Princess Peach, and it’s Mario’s job to rescue her. Both Bowser and Peach will no doubt feature heavily in the movie’s plot, but I’d bet the movie will have a more nuanced plot than what we see in the games.
Movies based on video games rarely do well, so it’s a big gamble for both parties involved, especially when you consider the terrible live-action Super Mario Bros. movie that came out in 1993.