Super Mario Bros. Pitch Meeting Movie
For those who never knew the Super Mario Bros. live-action movie existed, it was released in 1993 and loosely based on the video game series by Nintendo. Put simply, the story follows the Mario brothers – played by Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo – in their quest to rescue Princess Daisy from a dystopic parallel universe ruled by President Koopa. Read more for a video showing how the pitch meeting probably went.



This film was given a free creative license by Nintendo, so the screenwriters envisioned it as a subversive comedy with a dark tone similar to Ghostbusters. The setting was mainly inspired by Super Mario World, while some elements were drawn from fairy tales and contemporary American culture. It was shot in New York City and North Carolina on a budget of $48 million, but grossed just $20.9 domestically.

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Even with the poor reception, Super Mario Bros. gained a cult following in later years, so much so that in 2012, a webcomic sequel was produced by fans in collaboration with Bennett. Currently, an animated Mario reboot film is in development by Universal Pictures through its Illumination division, but this time, with Miyamoto serving as co-producer.