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Minions studio reportedly creating a Mario movie

14 November 2017

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. The talks between Illumination and Nintendo have reportedly been taking place for over a year, which makes sense given the history this franchise has with Hollywood.

It seems that the two parties are close to finalizing a deal, but there has been no indication that they have reached an agreement as of yet. It's also been rumored that they've collaborated on projects in the past that didn't necessarily come to fruition.

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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. You may recall that Nintendo used to be much more active in terms of allowing outside companies to produce films and series based on their properties.

According to the report, the companies have been in negotiations for a year and the fact Universal (which finances and distributes Illumination's movie) has partnered with Nintendo for several theme parks was helpful.

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Nintendo's now taking steps to make Mario's friendly face more recognizable outside his games, but this is the first we've heard about a movie in quite some time.

Of course, Nintendo is nearly laughably protective of their intellectual properties, especially after the disastrous 1993 live action Super Mario Bros. movie.

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Minions studio reportedly creating a Mario movie