Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Science | By Cecil Little

Is Mario Ready to Return to the Big Screen Soon?

Is Mario Ready to Return to the Big Screen Soon?

Nintendo's Super Mario Bros. games and spinoffs have sold more than 330 million units.

As Kotaku points out, the Wall Street Journal's reports on Nintendo's media haven't always been accurate. This is understandable given Nintendo's history with movies and how Hollywood adapted Mario and Luigi the first time around in the 1993 with "Super Mario Bros." live-action film.

Illumination, which is behind the Despicable Me franchise and subsequent spin-offs, declined to comment.

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A deal is close to being struck for a Super Mario Bros film, according to the Wall Street Journal (although they're paywalled, so actually we're getting the news via Nintendo Life).

Past year the Nintendo CEO Tatsumi Kimishima asked a Japanese Newspaper Asahi Shimbun that the company is in talks with some movie makers to make a movie based on its characters.

It's no surprise that after the success of Super Mario Odyssey on the Nintendo Switch, the gaming company is looking for more ways to expand the character's brand.

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The report mentions that Illumination has been in talks with Nintendo about this project for nearly a year. "This person" added that Shigeru Miyamoto has been part of the talks and will likely be a producer on the movie along with Mr. Meledandri.

According to the report, the companies have been in negotiations for a year and the fact Universal (which finances and distributes Illumination's movie) has partnered with Nintendo for several theme parks was helpful.

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