Variety has reported and confirmed that an animated Super Mario Bros. movie is indeed in the works and is expected to be made by Illumination, whose founder Chris Meledandri was the producer behind other successful animations such as “Despicable Me” and “The Secret Life of Pets”.
According to Meledandri, he believes that one of the reasons why the original movie flopped was because they did not work together with the game’s creator, Shigeru Miyamoto, and this is something he’ll be doing. “We are keeping him front and center in the creation of this film. I’ve rarely seen that happen with any adaptation where the original creative voice is being embraced like we’re embracing Miyamoto. There’s a history in Hollywood of people believing that they know better than the people responsible for a property. I’ve made that mistake before.”
The movie is said to be in “priority development” and is targeting a release by 2022. Meledandri adds, “It’s an ambitious task. The challenge is taking things that are so thin in their original form and finding depth that doesn’t compromise what generations of fans love about Mario, but also feels organic to the iconography and can support a three-act structure.”