A live-action film based on the Nintendo franchise was released in theaters three decades before The Super Mario Bros. Movie grossed more than $1 billion at the box office.
The 1993 film, starring Bob Hoskins as Mario, John Leguizamo as Luigi, and Dennis Hopper as President Koopa, plays fast and loose with the source material.
Super Mario Bros. was a critical and economic failure, but Crunchyroll reports that the film’s 4K restoration will be given a second shot in Japanese cinemas beginning September 15th.
That celebrates the film’s 30th anniversary in the area, but there don’t appear to be equivalent preparations for North America.
Super Mario Bros. has long been regarded as a notorious film, as it prompted Nintendo to forego further adaptations of its franchises.
When Illumination and Universal began production on The Super Mario Bros. Movie, Nintendo had a significantly larger role. As a consequence, the tone and spirit of the animated film are considerably closer to those of the games!
In Super Mario Bros., Mario Mario and Luigi Mario find themselves transported to a parallel dimension where they attempt to rescue a woman named Daisy. In Dinohatten, the plumbers discover a world where humanity evolved from dinosaurs, rather than apes. President Koopa rules over this world, and he’s in search of a meteorite fragment that will allow him merge their two worlds. Mario and Luigi successfully save the day, and a sequel is set up at the end of the film. Due to little interest, a second film never happened, though Super Mario Bros. has started to find itself a fanbase over the last few years.