Illumination 'Super Mario Bros.' Animated Film Looking at 2022 Release

Last year, it was confirmed by Shigeru Miyamoto that Nintendo and animation studio Illumination were partnering up to create a new Super Mario Bros. film.

According to a new report from Game Informer, Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa revealed during today's financial briefing an expected release date for the animated feature film.

"The development of animated film based on Super Mario Bros. with Illumination is moving along for an anticipated theatrical release around 2022."

Illumination 'Super Mario Bros.' Animated Film Looking at 2022 Release

Illumination is the Universal Pictures studio behind the Despicable Me films (including Minions), last year's suprise box office hit The GrinchSing, and The Secret Life of Pets.

Today's briefing also had Furukawa's assurance that Shigeru Miyamoto, Mario creator and Nintendo creative fellow, is producing the Super Mario Bros. film to maintain a watchful eye on the property.

Back in November, Illumination founder Chris Meledandri spoke with Variety about the company's plans for the property, and keeping Miyamoto involved:

"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.

"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."

We'll keep you as updated as we can on the future of everyone's favorite Italian video game plumbers.

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About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool. 

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 

 Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence. 

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