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The Untitled Mario film is an upcoming computer-animated film produced by Nintendo and Illumination. It is the second feature film adaptation of Nintendo's Mario video game franchise following the 1993 live-action film. The film is being directed by Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic from a screenplay by Matthew Fogel, and features an ensemble voice cast including Chris Pratt, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Day, Jack Black, Keegan-Michael Key, Seth Rogen, Fred Armisen, Kevin Michael Richardson, Sebastian Maniscalco, Charles Martinet.

After the critical and commercial failure of the 1980s video game, Nintendo was reluctant to license its intellectual properties for film adaptations. Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto became interested in developing a second Mario film when Nintendo was bringing its older games to the Virtual Console service, and through Nintendo's work with Universal Parks & Resorts to create Mario-based attractions he met Illumination founder Chris Meledandri. By 2016, the two were discussing a Mario film, and in January 2018 Nintendo announced that it would collaborate with Illumination and Universal Pictures to produce it.

The film is scheduled to be released in North America by Universal Pictures on December 21, 2022.

Voice Cast

  • Chris Pratt as Mario
  • Charlie Day as Luigi
  • Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach
  • Jack Black as Bowser
  • Keegan Michael-Key as Toad
  • Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong
  • Kevin Michael Richardson as Kamek
  • Fred Armisen as Cranky Kong
  • Sebastian Maniscalco as Foreman Spike
  • Charles Martinet - various voices

Production

Development

After the critical and commercial failure of the 1993 Super Mario Bros. film adaptation, Japanese video game company Nintendo became wary of licensing its properties for film adaptations.[1] According to Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto, the idea for a new Mario film came from bringing their older games to the Virtual Console and other services; such transitions took time for the company, and Miyamoto recognized that "our content business would be able to develop even further if we were able to combine our long-beloved software with that of video assets, and utilize them together for extended periods."[2] Miyamoto knew that the process of making a film was far different from that of making a video game, and wanted a film expert to lead the effort.[3]

Following the November 2014 hack of Sony Pictures, emails between producer Avi Arad, studio chief Amy Pascal, TriStar Pictures head Tom Rothman, and Sony Pictures Animation president of production Michelle Raimo Kouyate were released revealing that Sony had been attempting to secure the film rights to the Mario franchise for several years. Arad visited Nintendo in Tokyo in February and July 2014 in an attempt to secure a deal. In October, Arad emailed Pascal and said he had closed the deal with Nintendo. Pascal suggested recruiting Genndy Tartakovsky to help develop the project, while Kouyate said she could "think of 3-4 movies right out of the gate" and expressed hope in "build[ing] a Mario empire."[1] However, after the emails leaked, Arad denied that a deal had been made, stating that negotiations had only begun. BuzzFeed News noted that the emails did not take into account potential conflicts with Sony Pictures' corporate sibling Sony Computer Entertainment, one of Nintendo's chief competitors.[1]

Through Nintendo's work with Universal Parks & Resorts to create Mario-based attractions, Miyamoto met Chris Meledandri, founder of Universal Pictures' Illumination animation division. Miyamoto found Meledandri's creative process similar to his own, and felt he would be the proper lead for a Mario film. They had started more earnest discussions by 2016, knowing that if they felt it would not work that they could easily walk away.[3] In November 2017, reports emerged that Nintendo was collaborating with Universal and Illumination to make an animated Mario film.[4][5][6][7] Then-Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima clarified that a deal had not been finalized, but that an announcement would come soon. Kimishima hoped that if the deal was successful, a 2020 release date would be possible.[8] In January 2018, Nintendo announced that the film would progress with Miyamoto and Meledandri co-producing.[9] Meledandri stated that the film was a "priority" for Illumination and that it will most likely come out in 2022. He added that Miyamoto would be "front and center" during production.[10] In January 2020, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa stated that production was "moving along smoothly" with an expected 2022 release date. Furukawa stated that Nintendo would own the rights to the film, and both Nintendo and Universal would fund the production.[11]

In August 2021, it emerged that Teen Titans Go! developers Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic were directing the film after the discovery of an Illumination animator's LinkedIn profile that included the film in the list.[12] Following the full casting announcement, Horvath and Jelenic were confirmed to be directing, and Minions: The Rise of Gru writer Matthew Fogel was attached as the screenwriter.[13]

Casting

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In February 2021, Mario voice actor Charles Martinet, when asked about the possibility of reprising his role, stated that the film "sounds like a marvelous thing" and that if he were asked to voice Mario, "I'll go in and play with great joy and happiness."[14] In August 2021, Sebastian Maniscalco revealed that he was voicing Spike, Mario and Luigi's boss from the game Wrecking Crew (1985).[15]

During a September 2021 Nintendo Direct presentation, Shigeru Miyamoto announced that Chris Pratt, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Day, Jack Black, Keegan-Michael Key, Seth Rogen, Kevin Michael Richardson, Fred Armisen, and Maniscalco would headline the voice cast, and that Martinet would be featured in "surprise cameos."[16]

Animation

The film is being animated by IIIumination Mac Guff, which animated many of IIIumination's previous films, in Paris, France. Production was underway by September 2020.

Release

The film is currently scheduled to be released on December 21, 2022, by Universal Pictures.[17]

Future

In May 2021, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa announced their intention to produce more animated film projects with other Nintendo IP in the event that the Mario film is successful.[18]

References

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Openings (In Cinemas)

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Merchandise

to be announced

Variant Logos

to be announced

Gallery

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Videos

Trailers

External links

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