After both the “Sonic the Hedgehog” movies and the “Master Detective Pikachu” movie starring Ryan Reynolds showed that video game mascots definitely belong on the big screen, the “Super Mario Bros.” movie opened in May. The animated film for the whole family attracted masses of viewers to theaters and became a genuine success. The film has grossed 1.3 billion U.S. dollars so far, making it the most successful film of the year (via BoxOfficeMojo).
Super Mario Bros. 2 has not yet been officially confirmed, but we can assume that a sequel is already in the works. And that’s not all. According to the blog Zippo Speaks, which has proven to be correct a few times in the past when it came to speculation around Nintendo projects, the company is planning no less than four more movies. However, this is just a rumor that has to be taken with a grain of salt.
On the one hand, there is of course the sequel to Super Mario Bros. We can also look forward to a “Donkey Kong” film. Even more exciting for fans, however, is the fact that a “Legend of Zelda” film is planned. However, it will not be an adaptation of a specific game, such as “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time” or “The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom”. Instead, the elements of various parts will be thrown together and Link will even get a voice. The last thing planned is a “Super Mario Bros.” spin-off, which will revolve around Luigi. All of these films are again to be made in collaboration with the animation studio Illumination.
Rumors of the Zelda Movie Have Already Denied
There is no info on the alleged “Luigi” spin-off yet. However, actor Charlie Day, who voices Luigi in the “Super Mario Bros.” movie, had already expressed interest in an adaptation of the popular “Luigi’s Mansion” series on several occasions (via ComicBook.com). In it, the fearful Luigi must free eerie haunted houses from ghosts. So such a film would be quite conceivable.
Back in June, there were rumors that a “Zelda” movie was coming. In an interview with The Wrap, CEO of Illumination, Chris Meledandri, denied the rumor: “I don’t know where that came from.” Along with the strikes that are currently keeping Hollywood on its toes, we can’t hope for new movies anytime soon. Reportedly, the “Donkey Kong” movie was originally scheduled for 2025, with “Super Mario Bros. 2” finally coming a year later, in 2026.