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Super Mario Bros: the Heaven's Gate of video game movies

10 November 2011 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

In 1993 Super Mario was bigger than Mickey Mouse, and so Hollywood decided it would be a good idea to make a Mario Bros film. It wasn't

In the early 90s, Mario the plumber was more famous than Mickey Mouse. He was so famous he got his own film, and while the Super Mario Bros movie was the first-ever videogame adaptation, it was so bad it was almost the last. The game's hallucinogenic, 8-bit world of piranha plants, pipes and mushrooms made it an unlikely property for a live-action adaptation, and so it proved. Super Mario Bros has gone down in legend as the Heaven's Gate of the videogame movie, nearly destroying the entire genre singlehandedly.

And yet it all began so promisingly. In 1991, producer Roland Joffé, best known as the director of The Killing Fields, made a trip to Japan to secure the movie rights to Super Mario Bros. Tea »

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