As you may well know, Illumination, the people behind Minions and other things that don’t redeem them for creating Minions, are currently working on a CGI Super Mario Brothers movie under the direct supervision of their creator, Shigeru Miyamoto. But this won’t be the first time that the Mario Brothers have wound up on the silver screen, as many people recall with great fondness (much of it ironic) 1993’s Super Mario Bros. movie, a movie so bad that it famously turned Nintendo off the entire medium of movies until the late Iwata decided to reverse course.
I still miss that man every day.
Anyway, if you thought being a 26-year-old movie meant you were disqualified from being in the news, clearly you’re mistaken, because a special group of die-hard fans banded together to bring the movie back to life with a fan-created, entirely unofficial “definitive edition” of the movie.
How will they create that, you say? Simple: by releasing version of the film that includes 15 minutes of never-before seen lost or cut footage. Sound too good to be true? Well, here’s a small taste:
Now, here’s the tricky part: this is a fan project surrounding a Nintendo property, and as you know, Nintendo has just about the worst track record in the entire industry when it comes to letting fans be fans. It’s very likely Nintendo would try to shut this down (less to protect the IP and more to just prevent this catastrophe from continuing to stain their reputation), but it’s equally likely they won’t touch it because they want to have deniability and claim they never had anything to do with it.
Personally, of course, I’m hoping for the latter. I loved this movie as a kid, and I’ve categorically refused to watch it since then so I can’t prove myself wrong, but I’m sure there are others who would appreciate the nostalgia.