Nearly 25 years after his ill-fated live-action film, it looks like Mario will be returning for a new Super Mario Bros. film. Mario needs no introduction, of course, being Nintendo’s iconic mascot and the star of any number of classic video games. 1993’s Super Mario Bros. also had the dubious honor of being the first live-action film based on a video game, and it’s fair to say it didn’t go down so well.

The production was a total mess, resulting in four different directors working on it and costly production overruns. It also made the baffling choice to set the story in a dark, Blade Runner-style city and ignore the game’s ...

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