The 1993 Super Mario Bros movie is infamous for many reasons. Mostly, we know it because the film is based on a hugely popular video game property, and the resulting movie is so, so bad. It’s also significant because the film was such a miserable experience for everyone involved — most of all the people at Nintendo — that we’ve since been denied films based on some of Nintendo’s other fantastic properties.
So, what exactly went wrong? I found out recently by reading the book Console Wars by Blake J. Harris. The book, which tells the story of the war between Sega and Nintendo in the 1990s, has a chapter dedicated to the film and it’s absolutely fascinating. Names like Dustin Hoffman and Tom Hanks are mentioned. Dozens of screenwriters are discussed. Terrible on-set feuds led to abysmal behavior. It’s all there.
After reading the chapter I thought you, the /Film reader, would find it just as fascinating as I did. So I contacted the publisher HarperCollins and got permission to reprint the chapter on the Super Mario Bros movie just for you. Read it below.
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Posted on Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 by Angie Han
Super Mario Bros. is one of the most iconic video games of all time, one that’s remembered fondly by just about anyone who grew up in or around the 1980s. Super Mario Bros. the movie, on the other hand, is widely regarded an epic failure, and the start of Hollywood’s long, uninspiring history with video game-to-film adaptations.
Even so, there are those who have a soft spot for the picture, including writers Steven Applebaum and Ryan Hoss. The pair recalled that the 1993 film ended with the promise of a sequel that never came, and have now taken it upon themselves to deliver one at long last.
Teaming with original movie writer Parker Bennett, they’ve now delivered Super Mario Bros. 2, a online comic book detailing what, exactly, happened after Princess Daisy came charging back into the brothers’ lives. Hit the jump to get the details and check out the art.
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What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 40 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!
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It’s such a simple idea. Nintendo’s Mario Brothers, Mario and Luigi, are Italian. They fight to save Peach from a formidable organized mob. Put two and two together and you have The Brothers Mario, a 4 plus minute trailer that takes the familiar Super Mario Bros. story and reimagines it through the violence, graphics and game play of Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto series.
Directed by The Country Club, Nathan Kitada and Aaron T. Umetani, not only does this video include all of your favorite Mario references – coins, mushrooms, one-ups, etc. – but even throws in references to several famous action and gangster movies. We’ll let you discover those for yourself. You’ve got to see this video after the jump. Read More »
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Today’s t-shirt of the day on TeeFury is a Super Mario Brothers/Star Wars mash-up created by MankindRam titled “Super Fettio Bros”. Here is the explanation from the artist:
What if two of every kid’s heroes were actually the same guy? Well this design came from a love of old school Nintendo Games and I mean original 8-bit Nintendo and Star Wars. One night sitting at dinner I made a joke to my wife about doing some drawings in this style and she loved this particular idea.
The good news is the t-shirt is available for only $9 plus shipping. The bad news is it is only available until the clock strikes midnight tonight (September 29th 2010, eastern time). So act fast. See the full design after the jump.
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