Do video game-to-movie adaptations in reality need a gritty, Christopher Nolan-like take on their subject material? Come To A Decision for your self with The Four Gamers, a Four-part short movie sequence inspired by way of Super Mario Bros. The shorts are the entire product of Maker Studios, working in collaboration with Divergent author Evan Daugherty (by way of The Hollywood Reporter).

Only two of the Four shorts – the Mario-targeted The Fixer and Luigi-focused The Addict – are posted, with the other two, The Superstar (about Princess Peach) and The Soldier (about Toad) set to debut on Friday, November 15. All Four of the shorts are hosted via Polaris, Maker’s geek-targeted YouTube channel. As you can see in these first two, Daugherty takes Shigeru Miyamoto’s trippy Mushroom Kingdom and grounds it (slightly) if truth be told. We’ve seen fan films of this kind earlier than, but the execution here makes these two worth a look.

Daugherty is not any stranger to grim and gritty; Divergent scored points with a young grownup studying audience that leans towards fiction like The Starvation Games. “Making these short films gave me a possibility to really ‘do my very own thing,’ whereas having slightly fun treating one in all my favourite video-recreation houses with a darker vibe,” the creator mentioned in a statement. “I had been kicking across the thought for years earlier than I was once even working in the industry, as a way to finally be capable of share these films with enthusiasts on Polaris is an awfully exciting factor.”