It’s not absolutely confirmed, but it’s on the cards, as they say. And considering it’s been done before, there’s likely not to be much rush for it to be remade. But the word is out that Illumination founder Chris Meledandri wants to make an animated version of Super Mario Bros.
Meledandri, who is responsible for ‘Despicable Me’ and the forthcoming ‘The Grinch’, says he’s ready to take up the task even if folks in Tinseltown would say he was mad…
Meledandri, who is responsible for past cinematic hits Despicable Me and The Secret Life of Pets and the forthcoming The Grinch, says he’s ready to take up the task, even if folks in Tinseltown would say he was mad. You see, Super Mario Bros. have been converted into a movie before, back in 1993, starring John Leguizamo and Bob Hoskins as Italian plumbers Mario and Luigi who had to rescue Princess Peach from the villainous Bowser.
Leguizamo said making that film was such a tragic affair, he and Hoskins drank whiskey heavily between takes to relieve the boredom, while Hoskins says it was one of the worst movies he’s ever starred in.
But producer Meledandri says he likes taking the risk, telling Vanity Fair this week, “I like that this was not done well the first time. I think that’s more exciting or more worthy than simply making another version of a film that was done incredibly well to begin with.”
He’s kind of got a point there… Antonino Tati
Super Mario Bros.” is in “priority development” at Illumination and might, just might be in cinemas by 2022.