Nintendo made a major announcement during their strategy briefing for investors today: They are teaming up with Illumination Entertainment (Despicable Me, The Secret Life of Pets, Sing) to develop a movie based on Mr. Video Game himself, Mario.
Mario's creator himself, Shigeru Miyamoto, will be involved as a producer, alongside Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri. No release date or further information has been given at the moment.
This will mark Mario's first appearance on the big screen ever since the infamous American adaptation in 1993, Super Mario Bros., starring the late Bob Hoskins as the mustachioed plumber, and John Leguizamo as his brother who wasn't. Mario has worn many hats, literally and figuratively, since his debut in 1981's Donkey Kong - driving karts, being a doctor, playing sports, partying, going through space, dressing as a cat, teaming up with rabid bunnies, and flattening himself into paper, providing no shortage of potential ideas to build off for a film.
Nintendo have been riding high ever since the launch of their latest console, Nintendo Switch, this past March. Today they announced the system has sold nearly 15 million units worldwide, with Mario's latest adventure, Super Mario Odyssey, selling a massive 9 million copies. With their video game business in better shape than ever, and a Universal theme park planned for the next few years, it's no understatement to claim that big things are on the horizon for Nintendo.