Minions studio reportedly creating a Mario movie

Universal's Illumination Entertainment is nearing a deal with Nintendo to make an animated feature based on the popular Super Mario Bros. videogame, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Sources tell the publication that these talks have been ongoing for over a year. Meanwhile, Universal Pictures is the studio behind massive hits such as Jurassic Park, Jaws, and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Besides a string of "Pokémon" films, the game company hasn't really ventured back into the film or TV industry - until now.

Mario might be getting another shot at the big screen.

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. 1993's Super Mario Brothers starred Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo as Mario and Luigi as they took on King Koopa and tried to save the world. That makes a lot of sense, considering Minions is ranked #13 for worldwide (non-inflation adjusted, for what that's worth) box office totals, and Kimishima also mentioned a preference for animated adaptations in his comments about prospective partnerships. There are dozens of other antagonists to pick from, but only Konami dared to pose the question "When does that Waluigi dude get to shine?"

A new Mario movie could be very profitable.

An animated movie starring Nintendo's famous video game plumber Mario may be in the works.

This list doesn't even include things like New Mutants and The Runaways, two superhero projects coming in 2018.

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