After playing it on your small screens, Mario is headed to the big screen. As per its quarterly earnings announcement, Nintendo announced that the team is working on a movie for its red-and-blue jumpsuit mascot with Illumination Entertainment and a division of Universal Studios with the animation outfit behind the Despicable Me franchise, and films like Minions, The Secret Life of Pets, and Sing. The creator of Mario character, Shigeru Miyamoto will co-produce the movie with Illumination founder and co-owner Chris Meledandri, who has also produced all the films created by the Universal Studios.
Apart from this, Universal Pictures and Nintendo will financially contribute to the Mario adventure, with the former handling worldwide distribution. This deal might show the extension of Nintendo’s agreement with Universal Parks and Resorts, which has the license to build theme park attractions based on Nintendo characters, including Mario. A Super Nintendo Land is expected to open in Universal Studios Japan, situated in Osaka in 2020, followed by another in Universal Studios Florida in Orlando.
But this is not the first time when Mario is coming to the big screen, this will be the second attempt to get Mario onto the big screen, after the lacklustre live-action effort in 1993 – Super Mario Bros., starring Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo, and Dennis Hopper but which failed with both critics and audiences. The film has a 15 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and made just $20.9 million off a $48-million budget. However, Illumination has a much better track record with its animated offerings, with five of its total eight films getting the approval from critics, in addition to having three films, Minions ($1.159 billion), Despicable Me 3 ($1.033 billion), and Despicable Me 2 ($970.8 million) – in the 50 highest-grossing films of all-time.