We all have played Mario at least once in our life and always get nostalgic when something is mentioned about it. Mario is making a comeback, yet this time, in the form of a movie. Yes, you heard it right, your favorite game character is going to be featured in a movie of its own.
The film shall be produced by Shigeru Miyamoto and Chris Meledandri. The Japanese video game, which is owned by Nintendo, is all over the news, who await the iconic movie to be released. Nintendo has confirmed itself, that such a movie is under development. The idea behind the movie would be to simply catch much fanbase attention who want to know more about their favorite video game character in detail.
The movie shall be a financed collaboration between Nintendo and Illumination Entertainment. The Illumination Entertainment, as we know is known for its Despicable Me series. The American based film and animation studio have also got the Minions movie up its sleeve. Therefore, it is expected that the movie shall be a humor based delight for many.
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It’s not only a financial collaboration but also a production one too. Illumination Entertainment’s CEO Chris Meledandri will be co-producing the movie with Shigeru Miyamoto who happens to be the man behind the much loved Mario video game series. For distribution purposes, Universal Studios is already on board.
Most of the revenue for Illumination studios has come from its children targeted movies. The movies are not only watched by children but adults too. Its movies like Hop, Minions, The Secret Life of Pets, and much popular Despicable Me series has garnered a whopping total of $5.7 billion in revenues for the company. On the other hand, after the success of Sony PlayStation and Microsoft Xbox, it was expected that Nintendo would also end up with a silent death like Nokia, but it proved otherwise.
Nintendo is famous all over the globe for its child-friendly video games. Since the release of its own console by the name of Nintendo Switch by 2016, the company has been able to grab much market share and increase its profits substantially. Not only this, but the company has been able to capitalize much on its Super Mario video games, so much that more 500 million copies have been sold of the games, which had its first appearance in the Donkey Kong in the 80s.
Basically, Nintendo just doesn’t want to stop at video games. It wants the video game characters to be a part of the player’s daily life. For this, in 2016, Nintendo teamed up with Niantic to release the much popular Pokemon Go, which had made people go crazy about it. Similarly, Universal Studios has also kept itself busy. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics is going to feature a Nintendo themed area as a part of its Osaka theme park. Not only this, but it is also intended that similarly themed parks shall be made for the public of California and Florida as well.
This isn’t going to be the first ever Mario movie though. There is an instance of a Mario movie in 1993 by the name of Super Mario Bros, though it has been nearly 25 years since the last release of a Mario movie. Therefore, it is now time that a Mario movie gets to see the light finally.