An animated Mario movie is apparently in talks between Nintendo and Illumination Entertainment, the studio behind Despicable Me and Minions.
According to a report from the Wall Street Journal (via IGN), Illumination has been in talks with Nintendo for a year, and they’re close to signing a license agreement for the film to go ahead. Famed designer and Mario’s creator Shigeru Miyamoto has apparently been involved with the negotiations, and will likely serve as a producer.
Illumination’s Paris studio Mac Guff is reportedly in early development on the project. The team is better known for their work on the Despicable Me films.
As Kotaku points out, the Wall Street Journal’s reports on Nintendo’s media haven’t always been accurate. In 2015, the publication said that a Netflix show based on The Legend of Zelda was in pre-production. The series never happened.
The only feature-length film starring Nintendo’s iconic mascot was 1993’s Super Mario Brothers. It starred Bob Hoskins in the leading role, with John Leguizamo as his brother Luigi.