Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of the iconic game series is involved in the development of the film.
Nintendo Co.is close to an agreement with a USA production company to make an animated "Super Mario Bros." movie, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. Although WSJ doesn't specify what the film would be about, the current in-talks deal is only for one film. The licensing for Nintendo's wealth of characters, which expand outside of the Super Mario universe, was eyed by other studios, according to the Journal.
The agreement could allow Illumination to make multiple Super Mario Bros. movies, though only one is now planned.
It's easy to see why Nintendo hasn't made a film in a while; most movies based on video games are bad.
The videogame has previously been adapted into a live-action feature in 1993 that starred Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo. Super Mario Bros.
The prospects of new a "Super Mario" film is also a big deal because Nintendo has kept its intellectual property largely off movie screens for decades.
Neither Nintendo or Illumination Pictures commented on the Journal's report, but it's not that much of a stretch. The film is still in the early stages of planning and wouldn't be exiting any warp pipes for several years, and would be animated at Illumination's Paris-based studio Mac Guff.