Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

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

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

In one of the highest profile licensing deals made by a Hollywood studio in decades, Illumination Entertainment have nearly sealed the deal make the animated movie. The WSJ says the two companies have been speaking about the prospect for a year but that a deal is now "close" to being signed.

Having said that, there is no guarantee that this deal will be finalized.

Over recent years Nintendo's been making a major effort to expand its commercial efforts - there's been merchandise and various tie-ins, most notably plans for a Universal Studios Japan attraction.

It does make sense that Nintendo would pursue these avenues given that they reportedly have an interest in getting back into multimedia productions. Despite numerous efforts, pretty much all attempts at bringing games to the big screen have entirely fallen flat.

This reveal comes on the heels of the mammothly successful Super Mario Odyssey video game for the Nintendo Switch, and is likely a great move to help capitalize on the character's continuing success.

The animated Super Mario Bros. film is now in "early development", which doesn't mean much.

While its live-action status did afford us the chance to watch the great Bob Hoskins prance around the screen as Mario, the movie was plagued with freaky departures from the elements of the Mario franchise we commonly associate with the beloved gaming series.

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