Nintendo is full of news this week and have officially revealed that a Mario movie is slated in collaboration with the animation studio, Illumination.
To be co-produced by Shigeru Miyamoto and Chris Meledandri, Nintendo of America have revealed via twitter that an animated Mario movie is in the works.
Teaming up with Illumination, the animation studio behind the phenomenal success that grew from ‘Despicable Me’, it’s sequels and subsequent spin-off, ‘The Minions Movie’, Nintendo hope to bring their iconic mascot to the big screen and rake in the big bucks.
Illumination founder and CEO, Chris Meledandri has a long and successful career in animated filmmaking that includes ‘Ice Age’ and ‘The Secret Life of Pets’. He will co-produce alongside legendary games creator Shigeru Miyamoto whose current job title is co-Representative Director of Nintendo.
Miyamoto is widely recognised for creating many of Nintendo’s most iconic and recognisable games titles including ‘Donkey Kong’ which introduced us for the first time to Mario, ‘The Legend of Zelda’ and ‘Starfox’ to name a few.
This won’t be the first big screen movie based on Nintendo’s mascot, Mario. A live-action film starring Bob Hoskins as the titular character was release in 1993. It’s 15% rating on movie critique site Rotten Tomatoes tells you pretty much everything you need to know.