I never thought that we would use Mario and Hollywood in the same sentence ever again. Yet, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Nintendo might be thinking of bringing the red and blue moustachioed plumber and his brother back to Hollywood.
According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Nintendo is in talks with Illumination Entertainment, the company behind the Minions and Despicable Me films, and Universal Pictures about bringing Mario to the big screen. The report also reveals that, after negotiating for nearly a year, the parties are close to reaching a deal with Nintendo. For those concerned that a new Super Mario Bros. film might turn out just as bad as the 1993 live-action disaster starring Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo, do not fear as Nintendo will reportedly be heavily involved with the project. Furthermore, Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto will most likely serve as a producer.
It’s no surprise that after the success of Super Mario Odyssey on the Nintendo Switch, the gaming company is looking for more ways to expand the character’s brand. With the Despicable Me and Minions films being pretty good, there is hope that this Mario film might turn out rather well.
Let’s all hope (and pray) that Nintendo, together with Illumination Entertainment, can pull this off. We can’t take the disappointment of yet another one of our childhood heroes being misused in a quick cash grab again. I’m looking at you Micheal Bay.