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‘Divergent’ Scribe Evan Daugherty Reimagines Super Mario Bros.

Four short films offer new take on Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Toad

Screenwriter Evan Daugherty has teamed up with Maker Studios’ Polaris to release “The Four Players,” a series of short films reimagining the characters from Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. franchise, the company announced Thursday.

“The Four Players” includes “The Fixer,” which offers a new take on Mario, as well as “The Addict” (Luigi), “The Star” (Princess Peach), and “The Soldier” (Toad). “The Fixer” and “The Addict” will debut on Polaris beginning Thursday, while “The Star” and “The Soldier” can be viewed starting Friday.

As the scribe behind “Snow White and the Huntsman” and the upcoming “Divergent,” Evan Daugherty is no stranger to adaptations. Much like his treatment of the Snow White material, Daugherty’s versions of the Super Mario Bros. characters offer a darker, grittier perspective on the foursome.

“Making these short films gave me a chance to really ‘do my own thing,’ while having a little fun treating one of my favorite videogame properties with a darker vibe,” Daugherty said in a statement.

Polaris is Maker Studios’ collaborative gaming and geek culture YouTube network. Polaris reaches more than one billion views per month across its over 500 affiliated channels. The net counts gaming personality and YouTube’s all-time most-subscribed user, PewDiePie, among its affiliated talent.

In addition to “Divergent,” which is due in theaters in March, 2014 will also see the release of Daugherty’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” Daugherty is currently working on “G.I. Joe 3” for Paramount (slated for a 2015 bow) and a limited event series for ABC called “Esmeralda,” which will offer a new take on “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”

Watch Dauherty’s first two Super Mario Bros. films, “The Fixer” and “The Addict”:


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