Nintendo Is Finally Making Another Super Mario Bros. Movie

Phillip Butler
November 15, 2017

On Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal reported the mustachioed video-game character and his brother Luigi could soon star in an animated movie from Illumination Entertainment, which brought the world the little yellow Minions. The timing for a potential "Super Mario Bros." film couldn't be better since franchises from "Star Wars" to Marvel to "Harry Potter" are the current coin of the realm in Hollywood, scoring big buzz and big box office numbers.

The deal comes after years of Nintendo being unwilling to pull the trigger on licensing their sacred property for the use of a major motion picture.

As noted by The Hollywood Reporter, Universal's Illumination Entertainment is close to striking a deal with Nintendo to make this happen. Universal Parks entered an agreement with Nintendo to develop multiple attractions based on the cavalcade of iconic characters the video game publisher owns. Their films include such successful fare as Despicable Me, Minions, The Secret Life of Pets, and Sing.

A Nintendo spokesman declined to comment, as did an Illumination spokeswoman.


Nintendo is keen to keep some level of control over the film, and apparently Shigeru Miyamoto is likely to be attached as a producer.

The most complicated issue in the negotiations between Illumination and Nintendo has been making the Japanese videogame company feel confident it will be involved enough in the creative process, said one person close to the talks.

The agreement could allow Illumination to make multiple Super Mario Bros. movies, though only one is now planned. Unfortunately, it became the poster child for frightful movies based on a video game license, and it has taken more than 20 years before we're even hearing about another film starring a character from a Nintendo franchise.

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