Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

Nintendo Bringing Mario To The Big Screen With New Animated Film

Nintendo and Universal in talks for animated Mario Bros. movie Nintendo set to bring Mario to the big screen with Minions animation studio
Derrick Tucker | 15 November, 2017, 01:10

In one of the highest profile licensing deals made by a Hollywood studio in decades, Illumination Entertainment have nearly sealed the deal make the animated movie.

As Kotaku points out, the Wall Street Journal's reports on Nintendo's media haven't always been accurate.

On Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reported that the video game company is nearing an agreement with Illumination Entertainment to make an animated Super Mario Bros. movie based on the decades-old game series.

WSJ reports that talks have been complicated by Nintendo's desire to be heavily involved in the filmmaking process.

Let's all hope (and pray) that Nintendo, together with Illumination Entertainment, can pull this off. If a deal is reached and work on this project begins, Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto is said to be the producer.

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Nintendo is hesitant to make trade deals after several bad third-party video games almost destroyed them in the 90s.

Illumination, which is owned by Chris Meledandri and Universal Studios, has produced the "Despicable Me", "Minions", and "The Secret Life of Pets" movies.

The film was a disaster both critically and commercially, and is often cited in discussions about the sad history of Hollywood's various video game adaptations. However if the movie is successful, and with the brand recognition of Mario it should be, then more could be made.

It's easy to see why Nintendo hasn't made a film in a while; most movies based on video games are bad.

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