Earlier this morning, the Wall Street Journal published strong rumors stating Nintendo and Universal Pictures' Illumination Entertainment (Despicable Me, The Secret Life of Pets) are close to securing an agreement on making an animated Super Mario Bros movie. However, it seems that the current plan is for Universal Animation - the studio behind Minions and Shrek - to handle the actual production of the animated movie once the final arrangements have been made. It's also been rumored that they've collaborated on projects in the past that didn't necessarily come to fruition.
If the deal goes through, it will mark the first major feature-length film for Nintendo since the 1993 live-action movie, which starred Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo and Dennis Hopper, outside of the ongoing Pokémon franchise.
There's nothing further to report at this time, but we'll keep you informed as updates roll in. The film's failure has contributed to why Nintendo has not allowed Hollywood to bring its properties back at the big screen since.
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According to the report, the companies have been in negotiations for a year and the fact Universal (which finances and distributes Illumination's movie) has partnered with Nintendo for several theme parks was helpful.
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