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As reported by The Wall Street Journal, two of the best-loved characters in video game history may be heading to the big screen in the not too distant future.
None other than Mario and Luigi, the Super Mario Bros.
Nintendo‘s leading men will be getting the movie treatment as Illumination Entertainment near an agreement with the Japanese gaming giant.
According to the WSJ, Illumination has been in talks with Nintendo for over a year about the prospect, and an agreement could allow multiple movies based on the Super Mario Bros. franchise to be made, although there is currently only one movie planned.
Sources told the WSJ that there was one potential hangup surrounding the deal – convincing Nintendo executives that they would retain creative control over the project.
Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of the Mario series, has been involved in the talks and is highly likely to serve as a producer on the film alongside Illumination‘s chief executive Chris Meledandri.
Illumination is the animation arm of Universal Pictures, meaning a potential deal would follow an agreement between Nintendo and Universal‘s theme parks made two years ago to build attractions based on some of Nintendo‘s characters, including Mario.
Illumination is famous for the Despicable Me franchise, the spin-off Minions, as well as stand-alone movie The Secret Life of Pets.
Nintendo‘s last major attempt at bringing the Mario Bros. to the big screen ended in the commercial and critical failure that was the 1993 Super Mario Bros. movie. Since then, they have primarily focused on feature-length films based on the Pokémon franchise.
We’ll have more news on this story when and if it becomes available.