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Two decades on from Nintendo's last attempt, it looks like there's going to be a new Super Mario Bros. movie.

Nintendo's now 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. Representatives of both companies refused to comment on the story.

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. Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of the legendary franchise, would board as a producer.

The report notes that Illumination Entertainment, and Universal Pictures by default, could develop this into a multi-film franchise, akin to the Fast and Furious or Despicable Me (both are owned by Universal Pictures) universes. The film will be constructed in Illumination's Paris-based Mac Guff studio, and will take some time to develop.

Of course, Nintendo is nearly laughably protective of their intellectual properties, especially after the disastrous 1993 live action Super Mario Bros. movie.

Super Mario Odyssey is a third-person platformer developed by Nintendo exclusively for Nintendo Switch.