Super Mario Getting Animated Film From Illumination Entertaiment

In one of the highest profile licensing deals made by a Hollywood studio in decades, Illumination Entertainment have nearly sealed the deal make the animated movie. The talks between Illumination and Nintendo have reportedly been taking place for over a year, which makes sense given the history this franchise has with Hollywood. Their enthusiasm waned around the same time that the Super Mario Bros. movie bombed at the box office. Polygon has reached out to both Nintendo and Illumination for comment.

Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto is said to have been playing a key part in the negotiations and could serve as a producer on any eventual film.

The animated Super Mario Bros. film is now in "early development", which doesn't mean much.

Super Mario Bros. has previously been adapted as an anime movie, an anime miniseries, several American cartoons, and a live-action movie. Universal Parks entered an agreement with Nintendo to develop multiple attractions based on the cavalcade of iconic characters the video game publisher owns.

Illumination, as you know, is the company behind such animated hits as Despicable Me and Minions, so they've got a strong record in terms of delivering family-friendly hits. Is Illumination the right company to make this film, and is it a good idea that Nintendo - a video game company - have too much creative oversight for their film?

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