Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima has announced that the company could potentially be announcing a partner for an animated Super Mario movie very soon. This comes hot off the heels of a report by The Wall Street Journal from November, which stated that Nintendo was close to making a deal with Illumination Entertainment (the company responsible for such films as Despicable Me, Sing, and Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax.)

Kimishima stated that the company hopes to close the deal soon, so they can officially announce the film, which Nintendo would like to be released ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics, which will be held in Tokyo, Japan.

In regards to their desire to expand into the world of film, Nintendo stated that they would like to do more than simply license their properties. In turn, they would like to have a creative role in the production of the Mario film, and Shigeru Miyamoto might end up being a producer.

A new Mario film would be the first since the massive failure of the 1993 live-action film Super Mario Bros. and the first animated Mario production since The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, which began and ended in 1989.


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A lifelong gamer who got his start playing Spyro the Dragon, Trap Gunner, and Medievil II on the original PlayStation (and has been impatiently awaiting Medievil III ever since), as well as Sonic the Hedgehog on the Sega Genesis. Now has a penchant for games with compelling stories, but still spends way more time playing Tony Hawk games than any one person should and could listen to their soundtracks all day long if need be. Has worked as an online writer since late 2016, giving his take on video games, movies, television shows, comic books, and the like. Currently waiting to be cast in a 21 Jump Street revival TV series.