The creator of Minions and Despicable Me, Illumination Entertainment, could be producing an animated Super Mario Bros. movie.
According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, Universal Studios’ Illumination Entertainment are in talks with Nintendo to produce an animated film set in the Super Mario universe. Series creator Shigeru Miyamoto will be involved, potentially acting as producer on the film.
Illumination’s Paris studio Mac Guff are reportedly working on the animated feature. If it goes ahead, the film won't be released for several years. The partnership could tie in with Universal Studios Japan’s and Nintendo’s plans for a Nintendo-themed amusement park called Super Nintendo World.
In 2016, Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima confirmed that the company was looking into producing feature films based on their video game properties. According to Tokyo-based game consultancy agency Kantan Games’ CEO, Dr. Serkan Toto, Nintendo are swaying towards producing animated films instead of live-action adaptations because of the infamously dreadful 1993 live-action Super Mario Bros. film.
After Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, a game which combined the video game equivalent of Minions - rabbid erratic rabbits called Rabbids - with the Mario franchise in a fun turn-based strategy game, anything’s possible.
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