The videogame has previously been adapted into a live-action feature in 1993 that starred Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo. Super Mario Bros. The talks between Illumination and Nintendo have reportedly been taking place for over a year, which makes sense given the history this franchise has with Hollywood.
Looks like Mario and Luigi will be getting a second shot at the big screen very soon.
Let's face it, Illumination are one of the best animation houses out there at the moment, so they're more than ideal to bring a new Super Mario Brothers movie to the screen.
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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. Representatives of both companies refused to comment on the story.
Nintendo and Universal have an existing relationship that will see theme parks based on the video game giant's renowned properties opened in Universal Studios' locations in Japan, Florida and California.
Illumination's Mac Guff studio in Paris who has been responsible for the Despicable Me series of films has commenced development on the film with the release date unconfirmed. There's yet to be any official word from Nintendo or Illumination on the deal: Neither side is answering questions.