Animated Super Mario Bros. Movie Is In The Works

Animated Super Mario Bros. Movie Is In The Works

Nintendo is thriving this year, and with the release of the hugely successful "Super Mario Odyssey", Mario seems to be seeing a bit of resurgence.

According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Nintendo is nearing a deal with the studio responsible for "Despicable Me", "Minions" and "The Secret Life of Pets" to make a Super Mario movie. In 1993, there was a live-action Super Mario Bros. film starring Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo.

The firm, Illumination Entertainment, is a producer of animated films for Comcast Corp.'s Universal Pictures.

The animated Super Mario Bros. film is currently in "early development", which doesn't mean much.

There are no details as to what the movie would be about, or who among Mario's friends and foes may be coming along for the cinematic excursion. Presumably, this iteration of Mario at the movies will be more charming and relatable than that surprisingly grim interpretation.

First debuting in1985, the videogame followed a mustachioed plumber, Mario, and his lanky brother, Luigi, in their quest to save Princess Peach from a very angry villain Bowser. Representatives of both companies refused to comment on the story. For a more traditional take on Nintendo's mascot, check out our list of the 10 Best Mario Games Ever made. Since then, the closest Nintendo has come to bringing its slate of characters back to the theater has been animated movies based on the Pokemon franchise and assorted cameo appearances in movies like Wreck-It Ralph.