The Wall Street Journal report that Illumination Entertainment is in talks with Nintendo about a Super Mario Bros. movie. The talks are said to have been happening under the radar for nearly a year.
The Wall Street Journal’s sources report that the difficulty in making the deal happen lies in convincing the creator of the Super Mario Bros. franchise, Shigeru Miyamoto and Nintendo executives that they have creative control over the project. He has been involved in the talks and could potentially serve as a producer on the movie.
Nintendo are well known for being extremely protective over their franchises and Super Mario Bros. is one of the most well known. With the recent success of Super Mario Odyssey, it has just reaffirmed how beloved the character is over three decades later and bringing him back in a big way with an animated movie would be a very exciting prospect for the fans.
Of course, it all depends on what kind of Super Mario story they choose to tell, video game movies are infamous for failing in their movie adaptations. Nintendo’s previous attempt left us with Super Mario Bros. (1993) and it bombed critically and financially, Nintendo are being careful not to repeat the same mistake. Maybe, animation is the way forward this time.
Source: The Wall Street Journal