Nintendo Making Animated Mario Movie With Studio Behind Minions

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It's no surprise that after the success of Super Mario Odyssey on the Nintendo Switch, the gaming company is looking for more ways to expand the character's brand.

The production was a total mess, resulting in four different directors working on it and costly production overruns.

Universal Studios and Illumination Entertainment are closing in on a deal with Nintendo to make a Mario Brothers animated film, as reported by The Wall Street Journal. The report also states Mario and Zelda creator Shigeru Miyamoto could serve as producer, and Nintendo will have a hands-on role creatively.

After more than two decades, Nintendo is finally going to try and make another Super Mario Bros. movie.

Neither Universal or Nintendo have confirmed these reports yet, but it's potentially very exciting if true. But Illumination has had a number of its on its hands over the past several years, and the move to animation could tackle elements that might not be possible in live-action. The WSJ notes that Hollywood has always been interested in Nintendo properties, given their worldwide success.

Having said that, there is no guarantee that this deal will be finalized.

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.

Super Mario Brothers is a video game that follows plumber brothers Mario and Luigi as they navigate their fantasy world of evil turtles and poisonous mushrooms.

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