Nintendo Making Animated Mario Movie With Studio Behind Minions

The only plans Nintendo and Illumination Pictures have at this time are for the one Mario movie.

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).

Universal finances and releases films produced by Illumination, which it co-owns with the animation company's chief executive, Chris Meledandri. Illumination is probably best known for the Despicable Me franchise and its spinoff, Minions.

This news won't take many by surprise, given that Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima did reveal past year that the company was in talks with different Hollywood studios as it wants to bring Mario to the big screen. Polygon has reached out to both Nintendo and Illumination for comment.

Nintendo made a deal for 1993's live-action "Super Mario Bros." starring Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo, and Dennis Hopper, but the movie performed poorly at the box office. They have made Pokemon movies but, beyond that, rumours of movies based on Mario and The Legend of Zelda have been around for years.

According to "one person close to the talks", the largest issue in the negotiations has been making Nintendo feel confident that it will be involved in the creative process. 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.

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