According to Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima, we are closer than ever to seeing the famous fictional Italian plumber on big screens everywhere.
Back in November, The Wall Street Journal stated that Nintendo was possibly nearing a deal with Illumination Entertainment, the same company who produced Minions and Despicable Me, in order to make an animated Super Mario film and in a recent interview with Japanese newspaper Kyoto Shimbun, Kimishima informed that after the deal is reached, it won’t take long for them to officially announce the film, which they have plans to be in theaters before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The company also projects to have successfully finished and opened their Super Nintendo Land theme park before the start of the games in two years.
The last time Mario was brought to the big screen was back in 1993 in the live-action film Super Mario Bros., which did poorly both commercially and critically. Bob Hoskins, who played Mario, even stated that it was the “worst thing I ever did” and that the whole experience was a nightmare led by a husband/wife team whose directing was actually “arrogance that had been mistaken for talent”. Hopefully, the results this time around will be quite different.
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