Nintendo, Universal Studio’s Illumination producing new Super Mario Bros. movie

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  • Nintendo has officially confirmed that a Super Mario Bros. movie is in the works
  • The Japanese game maker is partnering with Illumination, the studio behind Despicable Me and Minions.

Nintendo and Universal Studio’s Illumination Entertainment have partnered on an animated film project featuring our beloved video game plumber, Mario.

Nintendo of America confirmed the news Thursday in a tweet, “Nintendo and Illumination are partnering on a movie starring Mario, co-produced by Shigeru Miyamoto and Chris Meledandri!”.

Here’s the tweet!

Neither companies have posted on the official release date, but say Super Mario the movie will be in development.

Shigeru Miyamoto is the original creator of Mario, as well as many other Nintendo properties; while Chris Meledandri is the owner of Illumination, along with Universal Studios.

Nintendo had made a previous attempt on a live-action Mario movie in 1993 entitled Super Mario Bros., starring Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo, and Dennis Hopper. The movie, however, did not do well — Rotten Tomatoes critics rated the movie at a 3.7 out of 10.

Illumination produced the Despicable Me franchise, Minions, and The Secret Life of Pets.