Rumor have been circling for the past year that Nintendo may be working on a movie featuring its star character, Mario. As of today, Nintendo has finally announced a partnership with Illumination Entertainment (Despicable Me, Minions, and The Secret Life of Dogs) to develop an animated Mario film.
The project is being produced by Shigeru Miyamoto of Nintendo, the creator of Mario, and Illumination Entertainment CEO and founder, 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
Unlike the last Mario film, Super Mario Bros., this will be the first film to have input from Nintendo in its creation, pulling from the creator of Mario himself in its production. Fingers crossed that this means it’ll be better!
Nintendo has made a big push in the last few years to bring Mario off of Nintendo consoles, with the introduction of a new line of Mario characters at Build-A-Bear, and breaking ground on Mario-themes parks in Universal Studios amusement parks.
The press release is the only information we have so far, but we’re expecting a lot out of such a beloved franchise.
Do you think they should cast new voice actors, or stick with the video game cast? Do you think we’ll get a whole line of dialogue from Mario? Let us know in the comments!