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

Yolanda Curtis
November 14, 2017

This time around it'll be an animated film, from Minions and Shrek studio Universal Animation.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Nintendo is in talks with Universal and Illumination Entertainment (the shop behind the "Despicable Me" franchise) for an animated movie version of their popular video game series. What we can say for sure is that Nintendo and Universal certainly have a working relationship. Universal seems a more appropriate partner now, since it is creating a Super Nintendo World theme park in Japan.

In the year 2015 also WSJ reporter Ben Fritz reported that Netflix was in production in a series based on Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda.

After the weird but strangely lovely disaster that was the live-action 1993 Super Mario Bros movie, it's not hard to believe Nintendo's being a tough negotiator this time around. Let's face it, Illumination are one of the best animation houses out there at the moment, so they're more than flawless to bring a new Super Mario Brothers movie to the screen.

There's nothing further to report at this time, but we'll keep you informed as updates roll in. The overwhelming popularity of the Nintendo Switch's Super Mario Odyssey proves that the 30-odd-year-old princess-saving ex-plumber is just as beloved and exciting a property now as he was back in his ape-hammering days. Super Mario Odyssey has certainly proved that Mario can survive the transition into some pretty freaky universes.

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