The project is apparently in early development at Illumination's Paris studio Mac Guff, which is primarily responsible for the Despicable Me films. Presumably, this iteration of Mario at the movies will be more charming and relatable than that surprisingly grim interpretation. If Mario does indeed wind up on the big screen once again, Nintendo may be willing to give some of its other franchises the Hollywood treatment, as the company's CEO Tatsumi Kimishima told Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun previous year that the gaming firm is in talks with various entities to create movies based on its characters.
Illumination Entertainment is a well known animation studio, best known for their mid-budget, charming animated films that manage to make money off their high concepts. Polygon has reached out to both Nintendo and Illumination for comment.
Previously, the game company has been burned through its relationship with Hollywood, with a 1993 live-action adaptation of the Super Mario Bros. series starring Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo being critically savaged and rejected by fans. They have made Pokemon movies but, beyond that, rumours of movies based on Mario and The Legend of Zelda have been around for years.
In one of the highest profile licensing deals made by a Hollywood studio in decades, Illumination Entertainment have nearly sealed the deal make the animated movie.