It’s been two years since Illumination Entertainment and Nintendo came out to reveal its collaboration project. The last we really heard of the film was when they assured fans it was in priority development in November 2018. In a recent briefing, it’s been revealed the film is moving along smoothly and hopes for a 2022 release.
Nintendo has shown interest in the project and continue to as they claimed to be “proactively involved in” its production back in 2018. The last time Mario saw the big screen was in 1993 and it didn’t bode well as it got the prestigious award of being the first game-based movie. Much like many following it, the movie was critically panned and Nintendo never made a Mario movie ever again. The caveat in the live-action film, though, was there was no direction by the creator of the title character or anyone at Nintendo during its production. Could this have changed too much? Probably not. But, who knows, that could have made a huge difference to at least make the movie passable.
With this animated project, though, they learned from the live-action movie’s mistakes. Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto are going to be working together as producers. Nintendo will retain full rights while both them and Universal will be funding the project.