Twenty-five years after their first cinematic adventure, video game icons Mario and Luigi are set to make a return to the big screen in a new Super Mario Bros. animated movie from Illumination Entertainment.
The last movie to feature the characters was 1993's live-action Super Mario Bros., which starred the late Bob Hoskins as Mario and John Leguizomo as Luigi. It was both a critical and commercial disaster.
"I like to think that this was not well done the first time," Illumination founder Chris Meledandri told Variety. "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."
Meledandri is working with Mario's creator, Shigeru Miyamoto, on the project, as he believes part of the problem with the live-action film was that Miyamoto wasn't involved.
"We are keeping him front and center in the creation of this film," Meledandri said. "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."
Slated for a 2022 release, the animated Super Mario Bros. film does not yet have a director, screenwriter or a cast.