Illumination Entertainment, the animation studio behind Despicable Me and Minions, is close to a deal to create a Super Mario Bros film, CNN reports.
Back in May of 2016, we reported Nintendo was looking to get into the movie business. At the time, that almost seemed like a move of desperation, but since then, the world has seen the arrival of the Switch. That console, along with titles like Super Mario Odyssey, has pushed Nintendo’s operating profit for the financial year to an estimated $1.06 billion.
Aside from the Despicable Me franchise, Illumination Entertainment has also created films like Hop, The Secret Life of Pets and Sing.
The last time the Mario Bros hit the big screen was in 1993, with the live-action Super Mario Bros. The Movie, a film the late Bob Hoskins described as the worst job he’d ever done.