Universal’s Illumination Entertainment is in talks with Nintendo to make an animated feature based on the Super Mario Bros. video game. Mario and Luigi first debuted in 1985 as they set out on a quest to save Princess Peach from Bowser.
The video game was previously adapted into a live-action feature in 1993 starring Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo. The film was released by Disney and was panned by critics as it bombed at the box office. However, since it’s release in 1993 the feature has gained a cult following.
This news comes weeks after the launch of Nintendo’s latest Mario game, Mario Odyssey which has gotten rave reviews from critics. I have personally beaten the game and think that this is the best Mario game to date. However Mario’s best friend Luigi is nowhere to be found, instead, Luigi has been replaced by a magical hat named Cappy.
Universal and Nintendo are also working together to build a Nintendo Land at Universal’s theme park. A Mario Kart ride will be Nintendo Land’s signature attraction.
Illumination is responsible for the Despicable Me franchise, Secret Life of Pets, and Sing. They are currently in production on Minions 2.
Other Nintendo properties include Donkey Kong, Kirby, and Zelda, which released the wildly successful Zelda: Breath of the Wild game for Nintendo Switch back in March.
April Dawn | Editorial Intern