Nintendo and Universal in Talks for Super Mario Bros. Animated Film

The series isn't exactly known for being revolutionary from a storytelling standpoint, even if Mario is possibly the most recognizable fictional character for many children (and adults).

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

Universal Studios and Illumination Entertainment are closing in on a deal with Nintendo to make a Mario Brothers animated film, as reported by The Wall Street Journal. The licensing for Nintendo's wealth of characters, which expand outside of the Super Mario universe, was eyed by other studios, according to the Journal.

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According to "one person close to the talks", the largest issue in the negotiations has been making Nintendo feel confident that it will be involved in the creative process. The animated movie would be released by Universal, which handles finances and the release of Illumination films and has a previous relationship with Nintendo that includes creating Nintendo-themed lands at Universal Studios.

It's not uncommon for popular gaming franchises to be turned into movies and while efforts like the Assassin's Creed movie might have bombed, Nintendo would be hoping for a different result. Representatives of both companies refused to comment on the story.

Mario was famously brought to the big screen in 1993's live-action adaptation, which starred Bob Hoskins as the portly plumber and John Leguizamo as his brother Luigi. But because it's still in the early stages of development, we'll probably have to wait several years for its release.

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