1993's Super Mario Bros. will forever be remembered as one of the most notorious adaptations of a video game ever to meet the silver screen.
Nintendo is hesitant to make trade deals after several bad third-party video games almost destroyed them in the 90s. With the Despicable Me and Minions films being pretty good, there is hope that this Mario film might turn out rather well.
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. If Mario does indeed wind up on the big screen once again, Nintendo may be willing to give some of its other franchises the Hollywood treatment, as the company's CEO Tatsumi Kimishima told Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun past year that the gaming firm is in talks with various entities to create movies based on its characters.
Nintendo is keen to keep some level of control over the film, and apparently Shigeru Miyamoto is likely to be attached as a producer. The series isn't exactly known for being revolutionary from a storytelling standpoint, even if Mario is possibly the most recognizable fictional character for many children (and adults).
According to the Wall Street Journal, Illumination has been in talks with Nintendo for a year, with the deal close to sealed because Nintendo has been assured that it will be part of the creative process.
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