Universal And Nintendo Are Bringing MARIO BROS. Back To The Big Screen

Universal And Nintendo Are Bringing MARIO BROS. Back To The Big Screen

Universal And Nintendo Are Bringing MARIO BROS. Back To The Big Screen

That deal with Universal seems to have led to further opportunities, with The Wall Street Journal (paywall) reporting that a deal is close for a Super Mario Bros. animated movie.

Of course, given the fiasco that was the 1993 Super Mario Brothers movie, Nintendo is very precious about their brand, and a big part of this deal has been reassuring the Japanese video game company that they would be involved in the creative process.

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The animated Super Mario Bros. film is now in "early development", which doesn't mean much. 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.

Nintendo's now taking steps to make Mario's friendly face more recognizable outside his games, but this is the first we've heard about a movie in quite some time.

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Mario and Luigi have appeared on the big screen before, in a 1994 live-action film starring Bob Hoskins. Universal Parks entered an agreement with Nintendo to develop multiple attractions based on the cavalcade of iconic characters the video game publisher owns.

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

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This time around it'll be an animated film, from Minions and Shrek studio Universal Animation. The only plans Nintendo and Illumination Pictures have at this time are for the one Mario movie.

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