Nintendo and Universal in talks for animated Mario Bros. movie

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Once upon a time, Nintendo made a decision to roll the dice on a big-budget Hollywood adaptation of Super Mario Bros.

Nintendo is reportedly in the late stages of talks with Minions animation studio Illumination to secure the license to create an animated Super Mario Bros. movie. The Journal previously reported that a live-action Legend of Zelda series was being developed by Nintendo for Netflix.

While its live-action status did afford us the chance to watch the great Bob Hoskins prance around the screen as Mario, the movie was plagued with weird departures from the elements of the Mario franchise we commonly associate with the beloved gaming series. Their enthusiasm waned around the same time that the Super Mario Bros. movie bombed at the box office.

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Back in 2014, Sony was in talks with Nintendo for an animated Super Mario Bros. film but a deal was never announced.

Over recent years Nintendo's been making a major effort to expand its commercial efforts - there's been merchandise and various tie-ins, most notably plans for a Universal Studios Japan attraction.

The report notes that Illumination Entertainment, and Universal Pictures by default, could develop this into a multi-film franchise, akin to the Fast and Furious or Despicable Me (both are owned by Universal Pictures) universes. Right now, the deal is one for one movie, but there is potential for more.

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