Early Super Mario Bros. Script Reveals a Bruce Willis Die Hard Cameo
The Super Mario Bros. film, released in 1993, wasn’t particularly good. Starring Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo, and Dennis Hopper, it wasn’t well received at the time and, generally speaking, still isn’t considered much better today. Prior to passing away in 2010, Hopper had even stated how he regretted doing the movie. Things didn’t have to turn out the way they did (1UP took an in-depth look at it last year), and the script that ended up being used wasn’t the only one that was written.
Fan site Super Mario Bros. The Movie Archive (via GameSetWatch) was already home to two of the scripts that were produced during pre-production. This week it published two additional scripts written in the early 90s; one is the original, first draft by Parker Bennett and Tuerry Runte (both of whom would go on to be credited with writing the final film), and the other is a revision written by Dick Clement and Ian la Frenais.
The website shows the progression the scripts took, initially starting with a cartoony, fantasy story that slowly morphed into something more serious, adult, and action-y, first taking cues from Ghostbusters, followed by Die Hard and then Mad Max.
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