Nintendo and Universal in talks for animated Mario Bros. movie

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Super Mario Odyssey Multiplayer Lets Cappy Kill Mario

Once upon a time, Nintendo chose to roll the dice on a big-budget Hollywood adaptation of Super Mario Bros. The report also states Mario and Zelda creator Shigeru Miyamoto could serve as producer, and Nintendo will have a hands-on role creatively. 24 years after the failure that is the live-action Super Mario Bros. movie, Nintendo is reportedly nearing a deal to make an animated movie based on the hit franchise. According to the Wall Street Journal, Illumination Entertainment, Universal Pictures and Nintendo are in talks to bring a new film to life.

The report notes that Illumination Entertainment, and Universal Pictures by default, could develop this into a multi-film franchise, akin to the Fast and Furious or Despicable Me (both are owned by Universal Pictures) universes. Video games have not had a good run in recent times - if ever, either - but if anyone can make it work, it's definitely Illumination.

This time around it'll be an animated film, from Minions and Shrek studio Universal Animation.

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. The last and only feature-length film star Mario was the 1993's Super Mario Brothers which starred Bob Hoskins. You may recall that Nintendo used to be much more active in terms of allowing outside companies to produce films and series based on their properties.

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