Wed November 15 2017

‘Despicable Me’ studio frontrunner for animated Super Mario Bros. film

When talking about video games that have been adapted into films, many list will be topped with 1993’s Super Mario Bros. as being the worst.

It starred Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo as the Mario and Luigi characters from the hugely-popular franchise. It also has an average rating of 3.7/10.

So when news broke that Illumination Entertainment (the same guys behind the Minions movies) is very close to being appointed by Nintendo to do another Super Mario Bros. film, it should go without saying that excitement wasn’t quiet as high.

But for those fearing that it will be another live-action, fear not. According to the Wall Street Journal, it will be an animated film, much in the style of Illumination Entertainment’s other work – like Despicable Me, Minions, and The Secret Life of Pets.

According to, “the most difficult part of the negotiation has been coming up with a framework where Nintendo feels it has enough creative control over the project. Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto has been directly involved in the negotiations, and is expected to be a producer on any such film, along with Illumination head Chris Meledandri.”

With one of the best studios involved and Nintendo having most of the creative control, it is probably safe to say that the game’s developer wants to make sure that a repeat of the 1993 film doesn’t happen.