Nintendo is in talks to bring Mario back to Hollywood, according to a report today by the Wall Street Journal.
Illumination's Mac Guff studio in Paris who has been responsible for the Despicable Me series of films has commenced development on the film with the release date unconfirmed. The report also states Mario and Zelda creator Shigeru Miyamoto could serve as producer, and Nintendo will have a hands-on role creatively.
Looks like Mario and Luigi will be getting a second shot at the big screen very soon.
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To that end, we're willing to bet that this potential animated project will likely be much closer in spirit to the Super Mario Bros. games. Animated films, especially ones as important as this, tend to take a long time to make, so don't even bother to start holding your breath yet.
Once upon a time, Nintendo chose to roll the dice on a big-budget Hollywood adaptation of Super Mario Bros.
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According to one of the sources, negotiations have been a little slow because Nintendo needs to feel confident it'll be involved in the creative process.
The WSJ go on to say that a Nintendo spokesman declined to comment, as did an Illumination spokeswoman, but we're more than excited at the prospect. While there have been plenty of hit movies based on video games - just look at the Milla Jovovich Resident Evil films - they nearly always suffer from bad reviews and mixed fan response.
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