Nintendo & Universal reportedly in talks for animated Super Mario Bros. film

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After the reception that 1993’s Super Mario Bros. movie received, there were likely many fans that thought the Mushroom Kingdom saving plumber brothers would never get another chance at the big screen. Turns out Nintendo is finally ready to give the brothers another shot.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Nintendo is close to making a deal with Universal’s Illumination Entertainment to make an animated feature based on the popular video game franchise. Illumination is the studio behind the Despicable Me series, the Minions spin-off and films like The Secret Life of Pets and Sing.

Based upon the 1985 Super Mario Bros. game & its sequels, the 1993 film was live-action and starred Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo as Mario and Luigi and took great liberties with the source material which led to panning by critics & failure at the box office. Since that film Nintendo has tightly held onto the rights to their properties, not allowing Hollywood to develop any of them for the big screen.

There is no word on if the film will follow any of stories from the plethora of Mario games that have come out over the years or if it will pull from various ones to tell its own story. Currently, Mario is starring in the brand new Super Mario Odyssey game for Nintendo Switch which is taking the plumber on some brand new adventures.

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