The plans of Nintendo to make a comeback to movies seem to include the company’s most beloved franchise. Sources from Wall Street Journal understand that the company is close to a deal for an animated Super Mario Bros. film from the Universal-backed studio behind the Despicable Me series, Illumination Entertainment. While the exact terms are not yet clear, the agreement would theoretically allow numerous movies. Nintendo has also been bending over backwards to preserve creative involvement, and Shigeru Miyamoto, the Mario creator, is expected to be a producer.
Neither Illusion or Nintendo is commenting on the leak. The movie is anticipated to be in the very early stages, so it might take more years before it reaches theatres.
It is easy to be wary of the said movie since there is a whole generation that still remembers the mess that was the 1993 live-action Super Mario Bros. movie, and some other game-based movies live up to viewer’s expectations. They manage to be quick cash-ins that have few to recommend them beyond a name that is familiar.
Illumination does have a talent for appealing animated movies, though, and the determination of Nintendo to maintain some creative input implies that the project would not take any odd turns. As it stands, Nintendo has a lot of motivation to get a movie off the ground. The fortunes of Nintendo are back on the rise, and Super Mario Odyssey is hugely regarded as one of the best games for a long time of the series– the movie might seem to be late to the party. However, it would still take advantage of an enormous amount of goodwill.