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Nintendo and Universal in talks for animated Mario Bros. movie

Sherri Watson | 14 November, 2017, 19:55

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.

Back in 2014, Sony was in talks with Nintendo for an animated Super Mario Bros. film but a deal was never announced.

Neither Nintendo or Illumination Pictures commented on the Journal's report, but it's not that much of a stretch. The final agreement is yet to be signed, with Nintendo reportedly eager to ensure it maintains a degree of control - Shigeru Miyamoto would likely be a producer.

Super Mario Bros. has previously been adapted as an anime movie, an anime miniseries, several American cartoons, and a live-action movie.

The Super Mario Brothers series has shifted over 330 million units total for Ninitendo in the years since it first landed on consoles in the 1980s, so it's no surprise that a new film is in the offing.

Nintendo and Universal have an existing relationship that will see theme parks based on the video game giant's renowned properties opened in Universal Studios' locations in Japan, Florida and California.

Illumination, which made "Despicable Me", "Minions" and "The Secret Life of Pets", has been talking to Nintendo for more than a year about the movie, according to the people who know about the recent talks. Right now, the deal is one for one movie, but there is potential for more.