Nintendo and Universal Studios are Reportedly Working on an Animated Mario Film

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Two decades on from Nintendo's last attempt, it looks like there's going to be a new Super Mario Bros. movie.

Mario may be headed to the big screen once again. That deal with Universal seems to have led to further opportunities, with The Wall Street Journal (paywall) reporting that a deal is close for a Super Mario Bros. animated movie. They've made Pokémon movies but, beyond that, rumors of movies based on Mario and The Legend of Zelda have been around for years. 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.

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This reveal comes on the heels of the mammothly successful Super Mario Odyssey video game for the Nintendo Switch, and is likely a great move to help capitalize on the character's continuing success.

Of course, Nintendo is nearly laughably protective of their intellectual properties, especially after the disastrous 1993 live action Super Mario Bros. movie. Illumination is the company behind Despicable Me-which foisted Minions on the world-while Universal Pictures remains one of the largest film studios in the world.

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They add that a hurdle between Illumination and Nintendo has been making the Japanese video game company feel confident it will be involved enough in the creative process, said one person close to the talks.

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