Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Science | By Eileen Rhodes

Illumination Entertainment to bring Mario Bros. to the animated big screen!

Illumination Entertainment to bring Mario Bros. to the animated big screen!

The deal, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal, has been in the works for more than a year.

According to Wall Street Journal, Nintendo is now in negotiations with Illumination (Despicable Me, Minions) about making an animated Super Mario Bros. movie with gaming legend Shigeru Miyamoto acting as a producer.

Illumination, which is owned by Chris Meledandri and Universal Studios, has produced the "Despicable Me", "Minions", and "The Secret Life of Pets" movies.

Nintendo is thriving this year, and with the release of the hugely successful "Super Mario Odyssey", Mario seems to be seeing a bit of resurgence.

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Super Mario Bros. has previously been adapted as an anime movie, an anime miniseries, several American cartoons, and a live-action movie.

Let's all hope (and pray) that Nintendo, together with Illumination Entertainment, can pull this off. Luigi was also mentioned in the report, so it looks like we can expect to see both brothers in the film when it comes out. Universal Parks entered an agreement with Nintendo to develop multiple attractions based on the cavalcade of iconic characters the video game publisher owns.

Mario's creator, Shigeru Miyamoto has apparently been involved in the talks, and will likely serve as producer on the film if and when it's made.

Since that debacle, Nintendo has been largely averse to licensing its characters for film, with their only theatrical outings being animated movies based on the Pokémon series.

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