Nintendo Close To A Deal On Super Mario Bros Movie
Nov 15 2017
The film's failure has contributed to why Nintendo has not allowed Hollywood to bring its properties back at the big screen since. Shigeru Miyamoto, Nintendo's creative fellow and creator of the original MarioBros. will reportedly serve as a producer on the film.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Illumination - the studio that made the Despicable Me movies and spin-off Minions - has been in talks with Nintendo for more than a year.
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". It would also be good timing since Nintendo, as well as the "Super Mario" brand, are in the middle of a resurgence.
It looks like Nintendo will be working on creating another Mario movie, except it won't be live-action this time.
Nintendo is hesitant to make trade deals after several awful third-party video games almost destroyed them in the 90s.
Neither Nintendo nor Illusion is commenting on the apparent leak.
The last and only feature-length movie to star Mario was the 1993 Super Mario Brothers starring Bob Hoskins. The film is still in the early stages of planning and wouldn't be exiting any warp pipes for several years, and would be animated at Illumination's Paris-based studio Mac Guff.
Of course, Nintendo is nearly laughably protective of their intellectual properties, especially after the disastrous 1993 live action Super Mario Bros. movie.