Super Mario Getting Animated Film From Illumination Entertaiment

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

Two decades on from Nintendo's last attempt, it looks like there's going to be a new Super Mario Bros. movie.

In one of the highest profile licensing deals made by a Hollywood studio in decades, Illumination Entertainment have nearly sealed the deal make the animated movie.

Neither Nintendo or Illumination Pictures commented on the Journal's report, but it's not that much of a stretch. Their enthusiasm waned around the same time that the Super Mario Bros. movie bombed at the box office. Mario creator and video game guru Shigeru Miyamoto has been a part of these talks with Illumination, and will likely be a producer for the film.

Of course, that adaptation of Super Mario Bros. was a live-action film and not an animated feature.

Nintendo and Universal have an existing relationship that will see theme parks based on the video game giant's renowned properties opened in Universal Studios' locations in Japan, Florida and California.

Illumination, as you know, is the company behind such animated hits as Despicable Me and Minions, so they've got a strong record in terms of delivering family-friendly hits. There's yet to be any official word from Nintendo or Illumination on the deal: Neither side is answering questions.

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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