Kris Godwin / Sat 3rd Feb 2018
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Since 1993's disastrous Super Mario Bros. film, videogame movies have been somewhat of a hit and miss affair.
For every relatively successful Mortal Kombat or Resident Evil, there have also been bombs like Street Fighter or Final Fantasy: Spirits Within. Nevertheless, games are still ripe for adaptations, with Tomb Raider and Sonic the Hedgehog being notable projects that are coming to theaters soon.
However, for the grandaddy of all videogame companies, Hollywood was banned from touching their IP ever again.
Yes, after 25 years, Nintendo has finally decided to open up once more to Hollywood - and again, its the portly plumber that will star in his very own silver screen adventure.
Confirmed on Nintendo of America's Twitter, a Super Mario CGI film is officially in the works, and it will be handled by Illumination Studios (creators of Despicable Me, Minions and Secret Life of Pets) and distributed by Universal Pictures.
Unlike the last ill-fated attempt at bringing the Mushroom Kingdom to life, Nintendo will retain creative control over proceedings this time, with Shigeru Miyamoto acting as co-producer, along with Illumination head Chris Meledandri.
Other details about the film are still under wraps at this point, but it's an encouraging sign for fans of the Kyoto company. Hopefully, if the movie finds success, we'll see adaptations of other beloved franchises, like Zelda, Metroid, Star Fox and Fire Emblem!