The deal, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal, has been in the works for more than a year.
According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Nintendo and Illumination Entertainment, the studio behind Despicable Me and, sigh, the Minions, are nearing a deal for a feature-length Super Mario Bros. animated film. It is the best-selling video game franchise of all time.
Mario may be hidding the silver screen once more, though this time in an animated fashion. 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). They have made Pokemon movies but, beyond that, rumours of movies based on Mario and The Legend of Zelda have been around for years.
The film was a disaster both critically and commercially, and is often cited in discussions about the sad history of Hollywood's various video game adaptations.
A new Mario movie could be very profitable.
Currently, Illumination's production slate includes a number of sequels to its existing properties, including Minions 2, Sing 2, The Secret Life of Pets 2, and a take on Dr. Seuss' The Grinch. Unfortunately, it became the poster child for awful movies based on a video game license, and it has taken more than 20 years before we're even hearing about another film starring a character from a Nintendo franchise. It starred Bob Hoskins in the leading role, with John Leguizamo as his brother Luigi.