Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
IT | By Lester Massey

Universal And Nintendo Are Bringing MARIO BROS. Back To The Big Screen

To that end, we're willing to bet that this potential animated project will likely be much closer in spirit to the Super Mario Bros. games.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Nintendo is in talks with Universal and Illumination Entertainment (the shop behind the "Despicable Me" franchise) for an animated movie version of their popular video game series.

The animated Super Mario Bros. film is now in "early development", which doesn't mean much. Universal Studios is planning on opening a sizeable Nintendo-themed section of their theme parks sometime in the next few years. Polygon has reached out to both Nintendo and Illumination for comment.

This time around it'll be an animated film, from Minions and Shrek studio Universal Animation. There's yet to be any official word from Nintendo or Illumination on the deal: Neither side is answering questions. Reports also suggest Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto is part of the talks, and may be a producer on the movie.

We'll bring you more as we get it.

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.

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.

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