Studio Behind 'Minions' Nearing Deal To Create 'Super Mario' Animated Film


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

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Nintendo and Universal Studios are working to adapt Super Mario Bros. into a feature-length animated film.

Illumination Entertainment is a well known animation studio, best known for their mid-budget, charming animated films that manage to make money off their high concepts.

Over recent years Nintendo's been making a major effort to expand its commercial efforts - there's been merchandise and various tie-ins, most notably plans for a Universal Studios Japan attraction. Mario creator and video game guru Shigeru Miyamoto has been a part of these talks with Illumination, and will likely be a producer for the film. Their enthusiasm waned around the same time that the Super Mario Bros. movie bombed at the box office.

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Let's face it, Illumination are one of the best animation houses out there at the moment, so they're more than flawless to bring a new Super Mario Brothers movie to the screen.

The talks are around an animated movie by Illumination, which has produced the likes of "Despicable Me", "Minions" and "The Secret Life of Pets".

What do you think of this possibility? Right now, the deal is one for one movie, but there is potential for more. Finally, is this option a better one than trying to create a live-action film? Comment below, let us know.