Nintendo Is Finally Making Another Super Mario Bros. Movie

Nintendo Is Finally Making Another Super Mario Bros. Movie

In one of the highest profile licensing deals made by a Hollywood studio in decades, Illumination Entertainment have nearly sealed the deal make the animated movie.

It's important to note that a deal is not yet done, and both Nintendo and Universal have declined to comment.

Only one film is now planned according to sources close to the talks.

Once upon a time, Nintendo chose to roll the dice on a big-budget Hollywood adaptation of Super Mario Bros.

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The outlet also reveals that this potential deal would allow the studio to make multiple films in the franchise, however, only one is now planned.

WSJ reports that talks have been complicated by Nintendo's desire to be heavily involved in the filmmaking process. Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of the legendary franchise, would board as a producer.

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.

The talks are around an animated movie by Illumination, which has produced the likes of "Despicable Me", "Minions" and "The Secret Life of Pets". It was a critical and commercial dud, however. 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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