Super Mario Bros movie coming from Minion studio, report says

Nintendo Is Reportedly Bringing Mario To The Big Screen Again

Illumination Entertainment is in talks with Nintendo for a deal to make a Super Mario Bros. animated feature film, according to the Wall Street Journal. Mario and Luigi are heading into new territory with the highest profile licensing deal by Hollywood in years. It appears that the two companies are moving closer to reaching an agreement that would bring Mario and friends to the movies in the near future. The animated movie would be released by Universal, which handles finances and the release of Illumination films and has a previous relationship with Nintendo that includes creating Nintendo-themed lands at Universal Studios.

The project is apparently in early development at Illumination's Paris studio Mac Guff, which is primarily responsible for the Despicable Me films. The timing for a potential "Super Mario Bros." film couldn't be better since franchises from "Star Wars" to Marvel to "Harry Potter" are the current coin of the realm in Hollywood, scoring big buzz and big box office numbers.

The characters, or any Nintendo character in fact, haven't been seen on the big-screen since the disastrous Super Mario Brothers movie in 1993 which starred Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo. They've picked up considerable steam in recent years, though, with rumors of Zelda movies/TV shows and Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima explicitly saying that the company was looking to make partnerships to use their IP outside of video games.

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