Mario is getting together with the Minions. Japanese video-game company Nintendo Co. says a movie starring the plumber in the Super Mario franchise is in the works, co-produced with Chris Meledandri, the chief executive of Illumination Entertainment, the U.S. animation studio behind the popular “Despicable Me” series.
Nintendo’s star game designer Shigeru Miyamoto told reporters Thursday the script is mostly finished. He’s promising a “fun” movie, since Meledandri shares his thinking on creative projects.
The movie, two years in the making after a meeting between Meledandri and Miyamoto, is set for global distribution through Universal, which co-owns Illumination, according to the Kyoto-based maker of Pokemon games and the popular Switch machine.
They did not give other details, including the release date.
The two hit it right off: “We want to make something great,” he said.
Nintendo reported Wednesday an October-December profit of $768 million, up 29 per cent from the previous fiscal third quarter.
Source: Associated Press
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