Nintendo confirms a “Super Mario” movie is in the works. Nintendo of America officially confirmed the news Wednesday that it is partnering with Illumination the studio behind massive animated hits like “Despicable Me” and “Minions.”
Nintendo has revealed few details at the moment and says the film will be produced by Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto who is one of the most famous game designers of all time and Illumination founder Chris Meledandri.
Despicable Me is an American 3D computer-animated comedy film. Despicable Me, “The Secret Life of Pets,” and “Minions” are popular with kids.
According to the past year’s report, Illumination’s Paris-based Mac Guff studio has already been working on the Super Mario film, and it is in “early stages of development.”
Hollywood has reported mix record of Video game movies. In 2016, three movies were released: Legendary’s live-action “Warcraft,” which got good success in China; New Regency’s live-action “Assassin’s Creed,” and Sony’s animated “Angry Birds.” In 2017, Nintendo reported its highest revenue since 2009.
Nintendo formed an agreement Universal’s theme parks and Resorts two years ago to build attractions based on Nintendo characters including Mario and Luigi.
Nintendo tried to adapt the Mario franchise to film but it was ended in the commercial and critical failure of Super Mario Bros. after that company started focusing on animated movies based on the Pokemon franchise.