Mario had a banner year in 2017 thanks to the release of the critically-acclaimed hits Super Mario Odyssey and Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, and hopefully in the near future we’ll be seeing plenty more of the famed Italian plumber in the future, including on the big screen.
Speaking in an interview with the Kyoto Shimbun newspaper, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima addressed a few details regarding a feature film starring the one and only Mario, which has been a long-gestating project at Nintendo.
In regards to the movie, Kimishima explained that the company is currently seeking to reach an agreement with a partner “soon” to produce the film, which would then put the film on track towards production and release. No studio or production company has been confirmed at this time to produce the Super Mario Bros. film, though previous reports and rumors suggested that Nintendo was in talks with Illumination Entertainment, the company behind animated film hits such as the Despicable Me series and Minions.
Kimishima also added that once a studio is in place and in agreement to produce the film, he could see the film arriving as soon as 2020 to coincide with the Summer Olympics taking place in Tokyo that year, though obviously there is no firm timeline yet of when we can expect the film in theaters.
Aside from just providing the license to create the film, Kimishima also assured that Nintendo would be involved with the production of the film to ensure it meets the standards that audiences would expect from a film based on (arguably) the company’s most recognizable character.