Nintendo has confirmed that production for the animated Super Mario Bros. movie “is moving along smoothly,” with the moustachioed icon’s theatrical adventure on track to release in 2022.
The movie is being created in partnership with Illumination, an animation studio that many will know for creating Despicable Me, but also for their work on Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Minions, The Secret Life of Pets, Sing and The Grinch.
“The motion picture project that we are developing in partnership with Illumination, is one of the bigger examples of such projects that we are undertaking,” Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa explained at the recent Corporate Management Policy Briefing.
“As we have shared previously, production is moving along smoothly aiming for a theatrical release in 2022.
“This is a project that Nintendo is proactively involved in from its development and production, and we will also own the rights so that the movie can be leveraged for business opportunities.
“The movie will be jointly produced by Mr. Shigeru Miyamoto, Representative Director and Fellow at Nintendo, as well as Mr. Chris Meledandri, founder and CEO of Illumination.
“Funding for this movie will be provided by Nintendo and Universal Pictures, and Universal Pictures will also be handling the distribution and promotion of the movie.”