Minions studio reportedly creating a Mario movie

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Nintendo and Illumination Pictures, the animation studio behind the Minions and Despicable Me franchise, are close to a deal for a feature-length Super Mario Bros. movie, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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

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. It will be based on the 32-year-old Super Mario Bros series, about a plumber and his pals saving the Mushroom Kingdom from Bowser and the evil Koopas. Although WSJ doesn't specify what the film would be about, the current in-talks deal is only for one film. Luigi was also mentioned in the report, so it looks like we can expect to see both brothers in the film when it comes out. If a deal is reached and work on this project begins, Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto is said to be the producer. They've picked up considerable steam in recent years, though, with rumors of Zelda movies/TV shows and Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima explicitly saying that the company was looking to make partnerships to use their IP outside of video games.

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

There hasn't been a Nintendo film since 1993's widely-panned Super Mario Bros. starring Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo, although Nintendo has received its fair share of offers since then. Dennis Hopper played the villainous King Koopa. This can be the next awaited animated film of Hollywood.

Mario may be headed to the big screen once again.

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