SUPER MARIO BROS. Reboot Film In Talks With MINIONS Studio

Alfred Osborne
November 14, 2017

Of course, that adaptation of Super Mario Bros. was a live-action film and not an animated feature. That deal with Universal seems to have led to further opportunities, with The Wall Street Journal (paywall) reporting that a deal is close for a Super Mario Bros. animated movie.

Illumination Entertainment is a well known animation studio, best known for their mid-budget, charming animated films that manage to make money off their high concepts. Illumination is the company behind Despicable Me-which foisted Minions on the world-while Universal Pictures remains one of the largest film studios in the world.

According to industry heads, Illumination has been in talks with Nintendo for over a year. Reports also suggest Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto is part of the talks, and may be a producer on the movie.

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Nintendo's now taking steps to make Mario's friendly face more recognizable outside his games, but this is the first we've heard about a movie in quite some time.

What do you think of this possibility? Illumination produces its movies for distribution via Comcast-owned Universal, a potential relationship no doubt helped by the aforementioned Theme Park deals. Finally, is this option a better one than trying to create a live-action film?

The WSJ go on to say that a Nintendo spokesman declined to comment, as did an Illumination spokeswoman, but we're more than excited at the prospect. Just hit the buttons on the top of this page.

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