Nintendo is close to a deal with Illumination Entertainment for an animated movie based on the popular video game franchise, "Super Mario Bros.", CNN has confirmed. Although WSJ doesn't specify what the film would be about, the current in-talks deal is only for one film.
Nintendo's original characters have been in the crosshairs of countless movie studios over the years, though Mario is likely seen as the crown jewel.
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. Furthermore, Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto will most likely serve as a producer. The live-action film, which starred Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo as Mario and Luigi, was a commercial and critical bomb, but has since then gained a cult following. The talks between Illumination and Nintendo have reportedly been taking place for over a year, which makes sense given the history this franchise has with Hollywood. Polygon has reached out to both Nintendo and Illumination for comment.
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The agreement could allow Illumination to make multiple Super Mario Bros. movies, though only one is now planned.
The film is not expected to come out any time soon, as it is still in its early stages.