I never thought that we would use Mario and Hollywood in the same sentence ever again. Shigeru Miyamoto, Nintendo's creative fellow and creator of the original Mario Bros. will reportedly serve as a producer on the film.
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. Right now, the deal is one for one movie, but there is potential for more. The licensing for Nintendo's wealth of characters, which expand outside of the Super Mario universe, was eyed by other studios, according to the Journal. The report also reveals that, after negotiating for almost a year, the parties are close to reaching a deal with Nintendo.
The videogame has previously been adapted into a live-action feature in 1993 that starred Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo. Super Mario Bros.More news: Qualcomm rejects $130 billion Broadcom bid
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The agreement would allow for multiple movies based on the Mario universe, though there's only one apparently in the works thus far, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Neither Nintendo nor Illusion is commenting on the apparent leak. Illumination's Paris studio Mac Guff would be handling development, and it wouldn't be out on screens for another few years or so.
Illumination Entertainment has made several successful movies for Universal Pictures, being the studio behind Despicable Me, Minions, Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, and The Secret Life of Pets.