The deal, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal, has been in the works for more than a year.
According to a Wall Street Journal report, they've nearly reached one of those partnership deals with the studio behind the Minions movie, Illumination Entertainment. This is understandable given Nintendo's history with movies and how Hollywood adapted Mario and Luigi the first time around in the 1993 with "Super Mario Bros." live-action film.
Both Illumination Entertainment and Nintendo declined comment on this story.
In the year 2015 also WSJ reporter Ben Fritz reported that Netflix was in production in a series based on Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda.
Mario's creator, Shigeru Miyamoto has apparently been involved in the talks, and will likely serve as producer on the film if and when it's made. Nintendo had revealed it was in talks with several Hollywood studios about making films based on its games. Is Illumination the right company to make this film, and is it a good idea that Nintendo - a video game company - have too much creative oversight for their film?
Illumination Studios is responsible for your favorite animated movies such as DESPICABLE ME, SING and THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS. Animated films, especially ones as important as this, tend to take a long time to make, so don't even bother to start holding your breath yet. Secondly, Universal has a more than proved record in making successful animated films, which makes them a flawless fit to propel the brand into Hollywood stardom.