Illumination Entertainments & Universal Pictures could be making Animated Mario movie together

A New Mario Movie Could Happen As Nintendo Reportedly Nears Deal With Despicable Me Studio

Though now it's being reported that the game's creator, Shigeru Miyamoto, is expected to be a producer on the film and have a say in the creative development, alongside Illumination's CEO Chris Meledandri.

First debuting in1985, the videogame followed a mustachioed plumber, Mario, and his lanky brother, Luigi, in their quest to save Princess Peach from a very angry villain Bowser. The licensing for Nintendo's wealth of characters, which expand outside of the Super Mario universe, was eyed by other studios, according to the Journal.

A deal is close to being struck for a Super Mario Bros film, according to the Wall Street Journal (although they're paywalled, so actually we're getting the news via Nintendo Life). Unfortunately, it became the poster child for awful movies based on a video game license, and it has taken more than 20 years before we're even hearing about another film starring a character from a Nintendo franchise. The studio worked on the bad 1993 Super Mario Brothers movie starring Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo, and Dennis Hopper. The talks between Illumination and Nintendo have reportedly been taking place for over a year, which makes sense given the history this franchise has with Hollywood. Representatives of both companies refused to comment on the story. The deal is going to allow Illumination to make future Mario movies, though only one is now in development. It likely won't be released for several years.

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