9:19 pm EDT, November 6, 2018

‘Despicable Me’ producer developing ‘Super Mario Bros.’ animated movie

An animated movie based on Super Mario Bros. could be making its way into theaters in just a few short years.

In a new interview with Variety, Illumination founder Chris Meledandri revealed that Super Mario Bros. movie is currently in priority development at the studio.

The iconic video game is no stranger to the silver screen. There is, of course, the 1993 live action adaptation which stars John Leguizamo and Bob Hoskins. But one of the ways in which the Despicable Me producer is hoping to do right by the source material is to involve the creator.

“We are keeping [Super Mario Bros. game creator Shigeru Miyamoto] front and center in the creation of this film,” Meledandri told Variety. “I’ve rarely seen that happen with any adaptation where the original creative voice is being embraced like we’re embracing Miyamoto.”

With Miyamoto on board, it sounds as though whatever Meledandri and the Illumination team cook up is bound to be pretty true to the game itself — something that will undoubtedly please longtime fans of the iconic video game.

So when might we see Mario, Luigi, Peach, Bowser and the rest of the gang make their way to the big screen? According to Meledandri the film could hit theaters by 2022.

Super Mario Bros. isn’t the only classic video game getting the adaptation treatment.

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Just last month, we learned that The Legend of Zelda is reportedly being adapted into a television series.

Meanwhile, Sonic the Hedgehog is also gearing up to take center stage with a feature film that’s set to race into theaters next year on November 8, 2019.

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