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The deal, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal, has been in the works for more than a year. The animated movie would be released by Universal, which handles finances and the release of Illumination films and has a previous relationship with Nintendo that includes creating Nintendo-themed lands at Universal Studios.
Nintendo wants to have a hand in creating the animated Super Mario Bros. movie, and it will likely have Super Mario Bros. creator Shigeru Miyamoto on hand as a producer of the film.
So far, the deal between Illumination and Nintendo is for only one film, but that could change.
There hasn’t been a Nintendo film since 1993’s widely-panned Super Mario Bros. starring Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo, although Nintendo has received its fair share of offers since then. 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. Plus, as sales for Mario properties on the Nintendo Switch and other devices show, there’s still a potential audience for a Mario movie.
Michelle Jaworski is a staff writer and the resident Game of Thrones expert at the Daily Dot. She covers entertainment, geek culture, and pop culture and has brought her knowledge to conventions like Con of Thrones. She is based in New Jersey.