A new animated film based on the "Super Mario" franchise may soon be hitting the big screen as Illumination Entertainment, the company behind "Minions" and "Despicable Me", is close to making a deal with Nintendo. Representatives of both companies refused to comment on the story.
Nintendo has famously been hesitant to allow its franchises to be adapted into movies. Nintendo has a much broader audience today than it did in the early 90s, but it may still need to hurdle some trepidation considering the last Mario movie's results.
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While Nintendo has been highly cautious about making movies based on their different franchises after the disastrous 1993 live action Super Mario Bros. movie, mostly sticking to making the pokemon movies. video game movies have had more failures than successes, like the Warcraft and Assassin's Creed movies, Shigeru Miyamoto has apparently been part of the talks and will likely be a producer on the movie, along with Chris Meledandri. The film performed poorly at the box office with just $20.9 million on a $48 million budget. "Angry Birds turned in a decent performance with a sequel in the works for 2019", observes Dave McNary for Variety. Recently, the company teamed up with Vans and Uniqlo for some Nintendo-themed line of clothing, and inked a deal with Universal to build an array of Nintendo-themed park attractions. "Meanwhile, the timing also seems to be right, with Mario fever in full swing; the mobile release Super Mario Run has been downloaded more than 200 million times, while Super Mario Odyssey on the Switch came out last month to rave reviews", Andrew Webster writes for The Verge. Super Show! (1989), The Adventures of Super Mario Bros.
"Super Mario Bros" is set to be made into an animated film after Illumination Entertainment is in talks with Nintendo.
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The production company has reportedly been in talks with the Japanese game publisher since previous year, and is working on a deal that would put the popular gaming franchise to cinemas.
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Then there are those of us among us who look at Super Mario Brothers as the start of a 25-year failed quest to compete with their kids at videogames, but that's another story entirely.