Nov 15, 2017

Nintendo making Mario movie with U.S. studio: report

Nintendo making Mario movie with U.S. studio: report photo

NEW YORK - Nintendo Co. is close to an agreement with a U.S. production company to make an animated "Super Mario Bros." movie, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

The firm, Illumination Entertainment, is a producer of animated films for Comcast Corp.'s Universal Pictures. It has made "Minions" and "The Secret Life of Pets."

The potential deal follows an agreement Universal's theme-parks unit made with Nintendo two years ago to build attractions based on Mario and other characters, the newspaper said.

The 32-year-old Super Mario Brothers video game series and its spin-offs have sold more than 330 million units. Nintendo had revealed it was in talks with several Hollywood studios about making films based on its games.




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