I never thought that we would use Mario and Hollywood in the same sentence ever again.
Sources say that Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of Mario Bros., has been included in the talks and likely will be a producer on the movie.
According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Nintendo is in talks with Illumination Entertainment, the company behind the Minions and Despicable Me films, and Universal Pictures about bringing Mario to the big screen.
Last year, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima confirmed that the company wanted to re-enter the movie business, and leaned towards animation because of the (in) famously poor 1993 Super Mario film. Secondly, Universal has a more than proved record in making successful animated films, which makes them a flawless fit to propel the brand into Hollywood stardom.
Only one film is now planned according to sources close to the talks. Plus, as sales for Mario properties on the Nintendo Switch and other devices show, there's still a potential audience for a Mario movie.
Neither Nintendo nor Illusion is commenting on the apparent leak. The live-action film, which starred Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo as Mario and Luigi, was a commercial and critical bomb, but has since then gained a cult following.
Nintendo is hesitant to make trade deals after several bad third-party video games almost destroyed them in the 90s. But because it's still in the early stages of development, we'll probably have to wait several years for its release.