The biggest brothers in gaming history are headed for Hollywood.
As reported by The Wall Street Journal, Nintendo has struck a deal with Illumination Entertainment–the studio behind Despicable Me, Sing, The Secret Life of Pets, and more–and Universal Pictures to develop an animated Super Mario Bros. movie.
The outlet details that the companies have been in talks to launch the feature for roughly a year, and that the project is still in the early stages of development. As it stands, the pact calls for a single Super Mario Bros. film, but there is reportedly room for follow-ups down the line.
OG Nintendo fans will remember the catastrophe that was the company’s first attempt at a Super Mario Bros. movie. The pic, which was a cringe-worthy live-action take on Mario and Luigi’s adventures starring Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo–launched in 1993 to abominable reviews. Viewers, particularly zealots of the franchise, largely rejected the film, and it ultimately flamed out, burning Nintendo a bit in the process.
That said, Nintendo has found success with creating Pokemon films, of which there are an abundance that have been well-received, so the company isn’t completely oblivious as to how to develop a great adaptation.
As aforementioned, things are only just simmering behind the scenes, so we will keep you posted on any and all updates surrounding the Super Mario Bros. movie.