Nintendo made their first and only foray into motion pictures with the positively disastrous 1993 adaptation Super Mario Bros., which was recently skewered by the folks at Honest Trailers. Since then, the video game company has steered clear of bringing any of their other characters to the big screen, and we don’t blame them
But it’s been 22 years now, and with a new deal at Universal Studios bringing Nintendo characters to life in a new theme park environment, the company might be turning over a new leaf when it comes to expanding the media reach of their most treasured characters to create some Nintendo movies. Read More »
Chris Columbus‘ Pixels starring Adam Sandler hits theaters this weekend, but one of the things you won’t see on this movie is a post credits scene. But a post credits “button” was originally written into the script featuring Mario from Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros franchise. Why did Mario end up on the cutting room floor? Find out about the Mario Pixels movie scene that didn’t happen.
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We’ve seen enough movies based on video games to know that they just don’t seem to work very well for some reason. Whether it’s too much fan service for those who played the games, or maybe video game stories are only fun when you’re the one in control of the main character, Hollywood just can’t crack them.
But before there were dozens of examples of this, Buena Vista Pictures took a swing and missed hard with Super Mario Bros., probably the worst video game movie ever made. Actually, it’s probably one of the worst movies ever made period. And now Honest Trailers has taken aim at the weird half-ass video game movie for your enjoyment.
Watch the Super Mario Bros Honest Trailer after the jump! Read More »
It looks like Disney can’t win all the mega brands, as Japanese video game company Nintendo today announced plans to team with Universal Studios to bring their video game properties to life at Universal Parks & Resorts. But what might a Nintendo theme park look like?
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The last time a US company made a movie based on Super Mario Bros., things did not go so well. The terrible production, awful film and disappointing results pretty much soured Nintendo on making live-action movies of their characters, period. Still, the popular video game company did continue to make some animated films, mostly based on Pokemon. It seems they were more open to that idea with their iconic roster of characters.
Now, revealed in the mountain of leaked e-mails coming from Sony was the revelation that producer Avi Arad (Spider-Man) was in the process of securing the rights for Sony to make an animated Super Mario Bros movie. Read More »
“This script sucks.” Those three words are emblazoned across a new file screenwriter Max Landis has uploaded to his website. It’s a 436 page script for a movie version of Super Mario World. Yes, the first Super Nintendo entry in the Super Mario Bros. series. Landis uploaded the script as a joke. Just to make sure we’re all in on it, he wrote a few pages of preamble explaining himself.
In those first few pages, Landis explains he wrote the script at 19 and admits “this script sucks” for a ton of reasons. Most scripts equate to a minute per page. Who was going to make a seven hour Super Mario Bros. movie? Not Nintendo. They tried and failed to make a much shorter version in 1993. Landis was 8 at the time so he was very aware of that film.
Still the aspiring screenwriter pressed on and wrote a script where he made cardinal mistakes like describing every beat of every action scene, introducing too many tangential characters and typing out long sections of songs into the screenplay.
Basically, this was an epic time wasting exercise by a talented, possibly crazy, 19-year-old kid figuring out screenwriting. But at least he was writing…and writing…and writing. Below, check out the Max Landis Super Mario script and even see some concept art Landis had drawn for the film. Read More »
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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Evan Daugherty is a rising star in Hollywood. He wrote Snow White and the Huntsman, Divergent, and the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Now he’s taking an obvious love of ’80s and ’90s pop culture behind the camera. He wrote and directed a four-part short film series called The Four Players, which is a gritty new take on Nintendo’s sacred property Super Mario Bros.
The first two films, The Fixer, which follows Mario, and The Addict, which follows Luigi, are now online. The Star (with Princess Peach) and The Soldier (with Toad) will be online Friday. They’re pretty fun, check them out below. Read More »
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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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Posted on Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012 by Angie Han
One huge upside to living in Southern California — aside from fantastic weather and plentiful opportunities to stuff your face with In-N-Out burgers– is the thriving film scene that naturally results from being the world capital of moviemaking. Whether you prefer your adventures led by suave British spies or pudgy Italian-American plumbers, the next few weeks have got something for you. Hit the jump for details on a Super Mario Bros. screening and reunion this week and a James Bond retrospective in June.
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