Super Mario Brothers is a video game that follows plumber brothers Mario and Luigi as they navigate their fantasy world of evil turtles and poisonous mushrooms.
There is perhaps no category of film adaptation more maligned than the video game movie. Presumably, this iteration of Mario at the movies will be more charming and relatable than that surprisingly grim interpretation.
That's according to the Wall Street Journal, which reports that Nintendo is in talks with Illumination Entertainment, a subsidiary of Universal Studios responsible for movies like Despicable Me, The Secret Life of Pets, and Minions. But because it's still in the early stages of development, we'll probably have to wait several years for its release. Secondly, Universal has a more than proved record in making successful animated films, which makes them a flawless fit to propel the brand into Hollywood stardom.
Nintendo hasn't made deals for movies or TV shows based on any of its marquee characters since 1993's commercially and critically disastrous "Super Mario Brothers" starring Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo and Dennis Hopper.
Since that debacle, Nintendo has been largely averse to licensing its characters for film, with their only theatrical outings being animated movies based on the Pokémon series.
Therefore, Nintendo wants to make sure that it has an appropriate amount of creative input if this Mario movie is to be made. Anyway, we'll have more as news develops.