Nintendo Making Animated Mario Movie With Studio Behind Minions

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Report: Nintendo Making Animated Mario Movie With Studio Behind Minions

That deal with Universal seems to have led to further opportunities, with The Wall Street Journal (paywall) reporting that a deal is close for a Super Mario Bros. animated movie.

Looks like Mario and Luigi will be getting a second shot at the big screen very soon.

According to industry heads, Illumination has been in talks with Nintendo for over a year.

Let's face it, Illumination are one of the best animation houses out there at the moment, so they're more than flawless to bring a new Super Mario Brothers movie to the screen. Representatives of both companies refused to comment on the story.

Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto is said to have been playing a key part in the negotiations and could serve as a producer on any eventual film. Universal Parks entered an agreement with Nintendo to develop multiple attractions based on the cavalcade of iconic characters the video game publisher owns.

This time around it'll be an animated film, from Minions and Shrek studio Universal Animation. Right now, the deal is one for one movie, but there is potential for more. Despite numerous efforts, pretty much all attempts at bringing games to the big screen have entirely fallen flat.

If the deal goes through, it will mark the first major feature-length film for Nintendo since the 1993 live-action movie, which starred Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo and Dennis Hopper, outside of the ongoing Pokémon franchise.

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