Super Mario Bros., the hugely popular Nintendo gaming franchise, is heading back to the big screen with a brand new movie.
The film is being put together by Illumination Entertainment, the production company behind the hugely successful Despicable Me movies.
And in a move that could ensure the film avoids the same fate as the 1993 live-action effort, the new Super Mario Bros. movie will be entirely animated.
The decision will free up the producers to explore the various colourful worlds showcased in the games and is likely to appease any fans still scarred by the memory of that last movie effort.
Directed by newcomers Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel, 1993’s Super Mario Bros. posited Mario and Luigi as ordinary New York plumbers who get transported to a post-apocalyptic world full of giant lizards and mushrooms.
Denis Hopper plays King Koopa, an OCD-suffering dictator descended from a Tyrannosaurus Rex. The late Bob Hoskins took on the role of Mario and would later describe the film as the biggest regret of his career.
Critically lambasted for its decision to almost completely disregard the source material, the film was a box office bomb, though it has earned a cult following in the years since.
Nintendo have no plans to let lighting strike twice though and will be heavily involved in the creative process. The move comes amid something of a resurgence for both Super Mario and Nintendo.
The mobile-only Super Mario Run has been downloaded more than 200,000 times, while there has been huge demand for the Mini NES and Mini SNES following revamped re-release of the two retro consoles.
It could get even better too, with plans afoot for a Mini Nintendo 64. In the meantime, fans will be eagerly awaiting news on who will voice Mario, Luigi and the rest in the new film.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.