It is being reported by The Wall Street Journal that arguably the most famous video game character of all time, Super Mario, will make a long awaited return to the big screen in an animated movie from Despicable Me creators Illumination Entertainment.
The Journal reports that Illumination’s parent company Universal have been in talks regarding the property since late 2016 and that a deal is finally in place to allow the Nintendo video game character to transition to the big screen under their banner.
It is said that the drawn out negotiations process was the result of Nintendo wanting to maintain a large amount of creative input as regards the character’s on-screen presentation, a sticking point possibly brought about by the poor handling of the character in 1993’s Super Mario Bros., a film which bombed at the box office and with critics.
Should the deal be concluded in its current form, Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto will act as a producer on the film.
While no official announcement has yet to be made, the news does come over a year after Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima’s comments that the company were in talks with several studios over the right to bring their characters to the silver screen, and follows a number of initiatives set up by the company to enhance their characters beyond their video game systems, with a venture into mobile gaming being the most prominent.
We’ll have updates as they come.