Announced a few moments ago at the Nintendo Strategy Briefing, Mr. Kimishima confirmed that a brand new Mario movie is in development with Illumination – the studio behind the popular Despicable Me franchise. Nintendo has confirmed that Mr. Miyamoto (creator of Mario) is co-producing alongside Chris Meledandri (producer of Despicable Me). At this point we don’t have any more details or launch window, but we’re sure to hear more soon.
Nintendo and Illumination are partnering on a movie starring Mario, co-produced by Shigeru Miyamoto and Chris Meledandri! pic.twitter.com/wVRPLIzcGJ
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) February 1, 2018
Illumination and Nintendo Begin Development
on Animated Film Based on the World of Super Mario Bros.
Illumination (HQ: Santa Monica, CA USA) and Nintendo Co., Ltd., (HQ: Kyoto Minami-ku; Representative Director and President: Tatsumi Kimishima) today announced a partnership to develop a movie starring the Mario character.
The project will be produced by Chris Meledandri, Founder and CEO of Illumination and Shigeru Miyamoto, Representative Director, Fellow of Nintendo.
The film will be co-financed by Universal Pictures and Nintendo and distributed theatrically worldwide by Universal Pictures.
With this project, Nintendo will pursue its goals of effectively leveraging its intellectual properties in mediums outside of video games, and of bringing smiles to people around the world.
With this project, Illumination will continue to fulfill its mission of infusing joy and discovery into every property, allowing worldwide audiences of all ages to connect with the beloved characters and story from one of the world’s most popular franchises.