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Super Mario Bros movie: director looks back on what went wrong

7 June 2016 10:25 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »




Co-director Rocky Morton on where he thinks 1993's Super Mario Bros movie, starring Bob Hoskins, went wrong...

Nintendo is only now cautiously exploring bringing more of its characters to the movies, and part of the reason is arguably given how it got its fingers burnt with 1993’s notorious Super Mario Bros movie. It would be fair to say that Nintendo was not happy with the movie. At all.

But then even through some form of rose-tinted specs, Super Mario Bros is not a good film, and time, if anything, has been unkinder to it. In a new interview with SciFi Now, co-director Rocky Morton – who made the film with Annabel Jankel - has been looking back at why he think it went wrong.

Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais’ [original] script was the script that Annabel and I wanted to make”, he said. “It was a different script, »

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The director of 'Super Mario Bros.' just gave a delicious tell-all interview about making the infamous flop

7 June 2016 12:08 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

In the summer of 1993, Super Mario Bros. was greeted by awful reviews and grossed just $20 million at the box office on a budget of $48 million. Though the film was praised by many critics for its visual flair, the script was almost universally panned. Wrote James Berardinelli: "As everyone knows, arcade-style diversions are not known for strong, original narratives or well-developed characters. In that sense, this film is worthy of its inspiration." Ouch! Now, co-director Rocky Morton (who helmed the film alongside his creative partner and future wife Annabel Jankel) has spoken out on the "harrowing" experience of directing the video game adaptation in an interview with SciFiNow (via Uproxx). He's not kidding! Here are a few highlights from the conversation, which you can and should read in full here. 1. They cast Bob Hoskins as Mario because he was "available" (but really wanted Danny De Vito). "Danny De Vito turned us down. »

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