Minions Studio Reportedly Making Mario Bros. Movie, Shigeru Miyamoto Involved

A New Mario Movie Could Happen As Nintendo Reportedly Nears Deal With Despicable Me Studio

Mario may be headed to the big screen once again.

Super Mario Brothers is a video game that follows plumber brothers Mario and Luigi as they navigate their fantasy world of evil turtles and poisonous mushrooms.

It's no surprise that after the success of Super Mario Odyssey on the Nintendo Switch, the gaming company is looking for more ways to expand the character's brand. According to the site talks have been ongoing for a year but it is only now close to completion, with the deal apparently for one film.

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.


In 2014, leaked emails showed that Sony Pictures had also been in talks with Nintendo about a potential animated Mario movie.

Illumination, which is behind the Despicable Me franchise and subsequent spin-offs, declined to comment.

Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of Super Mario Brothers and Chris Meledandri, the CEO of Illumination Entertainment, will be producers on the film when the deal is reached. Unfortunately, it became the poster child for terrible movies based on a video game license, and it has taken more than 20 years before we're even hearing about another film starring a character from a Nintendo franchise. The film is still in the early stages of planning and wouldn't be exiting any warp pipes for several years, and would be animated at Illumination's Paris-based studio Mac Guff.

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