Open the door, get on the floor: Talks about an animated Super Mario Bros movie are reportedly getting very serious.
Earlier this morning, the Wall Street Journal published strong rumors stating Nintendo and Universal Pictures' Illumination Entertainment (Despicable Me, The Secret Life of Pets) are close to securing an agreement on making an animated Super Mario Bros movie.
Nintendo's currently taking steps to make Mario's friendly face more recognizable outside his games, but this is the first we've heard about a movie in quite some time. There's yet to be any official word from Nintendo or Illumination on the deal: Neither side is answering questions. All the information available to the WSJ comes from sources close to the project.
According to one of the sources, negotiations have been a little slow because Nintendo needs to feel confident it'll be involved in the creative process. Reports also suggest Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto is part of the talks, and may be a producer on the movie.
If the agreement goes through, Illumination may acquire the right to make more than one Super Mario film (though only one is planned for now). The film will be constructed in Illumination's Paris-based Mac Guff studio, and will take some time to develop.
After the weird but strangely beautiful disaster that was the live-action 1993 Super Mario Bros movie, it's not hard to believe Nintendo's being a tough negotiator this time around.