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Super Mario Bros. Movie Sequel On the Way, as a Webcomic

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

You know you want it

Earlier today we shared John Leguizamo's thoughts on the Super Mario Bros. live-action movie, as a special screening celebrated the movie's 20th Anniversary. It divides critics, but does enjoy a cult-status and loyal following.

Scripted by Steven Applebaum and Ryan Hoss, with the story by Parker Bennett, a new webcomic will pick up where the movie left off. In his foreword, Bennett explains that, as one member of the original writing team on the movie, he'd added the teaser for a sequel at the end; in his words, he was "hopelessly optimistic". He also gives some interesting context to the problems that the film had in production, as well as the role that he and his partner played — though Bennett has said that with the dialog in the final movie "there's not a lot that's really mine".

They were $25 million over budget and basically had to cut anything they could — plus they needed a few scenes re-written and a new ending. Finally, we were hired again to write looping dialogue and a horrible animated intro to try and help the audience make sense of the story, which, unsurprisingly, wasn't quite tracking.

This webcomic sequel to the movie isn't a potential project waiting the get off the ground, but is well and truly underway. Seven pages are now available to view, for free, at smbthecomic.com.

There's some lovely artwork to enjoy, so check it out and let us know what you think in the comments below.

[via destructoid.com, smbthecomic.com]

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User Comments (26)

Randomname19

#3

Randomname19 said:

I see Toad became a bodyguard,he even wears goomba clothes even thought he's back to normal.

Mickey

#4

Mickey said:

I'm onboard if it REALLY IS the guy who put the teaser there in the first place.

nik1470

#7

nik1470 said:

This obviously a creative labour of love and there is a certain amount of respect to be given on that. But really Mario bros the movie what next Hudson hawk 2?

Nintex

#11

Nintex said:

Super Mario Bros the movie is one of my favorite movies from the distant past. It had absolutely nothing to do with the game, but this type of live action movie is about the closest thing that was possible to adapt from a game that really had no plot to begin with. Since everything in this movie is basically made up and dabbled with the occasional Super Mario Bros game references, I think it works itself out pretty well. It's a weird, fun filled and twisted take on the Mario universe. I've been waiting 20 years for a sequel to this movie that I knew would never come, so this comic sequel is something I will treasure page for page. Just reading the first couple of pages sent me into nostalgic overload thinking I am finally getting a follow up to what happened at the end of the first movie. Super Mario Bros is a horrible movie by most standards, but it is also one of my guilty pleasures and a cult classic in my mind.

Kaze_Memaryu

#12

Kaze_Memaryu said:

WOOHOO! That's more I could ask for! ...though I would've loved to see them all return for a second movie.

SammyOfMobius

#16

SammyOfMobius said:

You gotta be kidding. SMB: the Movie was the worst movie ever made. (Well, one of the worst.) I can't believe people are even excited for this. If you ask me, Nintendo should ban this to save Mario's reputation.

Williaint

#17

Williaint said:

I'd prefer an animated one. Sort of like the Old Cartoons.
It shouldn't have looked like it did.

andjahiam

#19

andjahiam said:

i just watched it again for the first time in years and i have to say, its really the greatest slap stick comedy of generation x... slap stick was dead at this time, but this movie borrowed heavily from Abott and Costellio and the 3 stooges and was funny at times. it's plot was heavy handed with plot holes scattered through out but i can clearly see why its a cult classic. it was different than many movies, as Dinohatten was jusy creepy but i can see they tried not to hard to have a political message in this movie about dictator ship, i just wish there was a super mario bros. the movie game... how bad would that have been... stompers, mf stompers.

Kage_88

#20

Kage_88 said:

I have waited 20 years for this.

I always thought Wario would've been the new bad guy...

Blue_Yoshi

#22

Blue_Yoshi said:

This has to be the greatest thing ever. I mean at least its something Toad is looking more toady and the koopa troopas look like The Lizard from The Amazing Spider-Man(who in turn borrowed the goombas look) can't wait to see grown up Yoshi and the new villain(Wart?) but unfortunately they said the artist claimed he would do one page a week which is a disappointment. If this could be a constant ongoing series that would be so amazing. I love the Super Mario Bros. Movie despite what everyone else says about it. It always has been and always will be a cult classic. If only it had more random Mario references it would have been perfect but I like to think of art as being meant to turn out the way it does.

LightSuitGuy

#24

LightSuitGuy said:

Very, very cool! I still think the SMB movie gets too much hate; it was a darker, stylized reimagining of the series; its not like the games ceased to exist after the film.

Its interesting seeing Wart, Shy Guys, etc. as they might've been portrayed in a sequel film.

Kaze_Memaryu

#26

Kaze_Memaryu said:

Really cool, and I have to say I like the new art style a lot. Has more dynamic and expression to it than before! Thanks a lot for your effort!

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