Movie is reportedly in the works from the makers of 'Despicable Me'

Nov 15, 2017, 00:28

"Mario and Luigi are heading to the big screen in one of the highest-profile licensing deals by a Hollywood studio in years", the Journal reported. "This person" added that Shigeru Miyamoto has been part of the talks and will likely be a producer on the movie along with Mr. Meledandri.

According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Nintendo and Illumination Entertainment, the studio behind Despicable Me and, sigh, the Minions, are nearing a deal for a feature-length Super Mario Bros. animated film.

A pipeline of popular "Super Mario" games have hit the market recently, with the mobile "Super Mario Run" and the Switch's "Super Mario Odyssey".

As WSJ notes, Nintendo has not made any major deals in film or television since the live-action Super Mario Bros. movie starring Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo tanked both critically and financially in 1993. Expect other favorites like Bowser and Princess Peach to be in the movie since Nintendo has been very protective of their properties. In 1993, their live action Super Mario Brothers movie flopped and, since then, the company has been anxious to put their beloved characters to the movies. Secondly, Universal has a more than proved record in making successful animated films, which makes them a ideal fit to propel the brand into Hollywood stardom.

The report states that Illumination has been speaking with Nintendo for over a year to reach an agreement.

Let's all hope (and pray) that Nintendo, together with Illumination Entertainment, can pull this off.

Nintendo is hesitant to make trade deals after several awful third-party video games almost destroyed them in the 90s. Nintendo had revealed it was in talks with several Hollywood studios about making films based on its games.

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