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Nintendo and Illumination Officially Partnering for Super Mario Animated Movie

Mario is heading back to the big screen with Nintendo and Illumination officially announcing plans for a Super Mario animated film. Video games have had little luck making it to the big screen, and it all began with a live-action attempt to bring Nintendo's beloved plumber/adventurer to the big screen. The 1993 Super Mario Bros. movie kicked off the so-called video game movie curse and has seen one of gaming's tentpole brands previously steer clear from future movie endeavors.

This video game curse has not stopped other studios from attempting to break it, but so far there hasn't been a film that truly stands out as a great example. All of these attempts have come without Nintendo licensing out their characters to studios, with the company keeping their focus on the games. Nintendo's long list of iconic characters and titles wasn't expected to stay down forever, and the time is finally here for another attempt.

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Nintendo confirmed today that they've agreed to partner with Universal's Illumination Entertainment to make a new movie starring Mario. The film will be animated and not live-action as previously attempted. The as-of-yet untitled Super Mario movie will be co-produced by Mario's creator and co-Representative Director of Nintendo Shigeru Miyamoto, alongside Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri.

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Nintendo and Illumination Officially Partnering for Super Mario Animated Movie