It's easy to see why Nintendo hasn't made a film in a while; most movies based on video games are awful. Illumination is probably best known for the Despicable Me franchise and its spinoff, Minions. According to WSJ, the production company has been in discussions with Nintendo for over a year about bringing Super Mario Bros.to Hollywood.
Illumination Studios is responsible for your favorite animated movies such as DESPICABLE ME, SING and THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS. The Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo led adventure comedy has maintained such a sour reputation that it's looked like no one would ever dare to attempt a Mario movie again.
The report mentions that Illumination has been in talks with Nintendo about this project for nearly a year.
Previous year the Nintendo CEO Tatsumi Kimishima asked a Japanese Newspaper Asahi Shimbun that the company is in talks with some movie makers to make a movie based on its characters.
Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of "Mario Bros.", is reportedly part of the film talks, and the Wall Street Journal reports he'll likely be a producer.
Both Illumination Entertainment and Nintendo declined comment on this story. Nintendo is said to have pushed for its considerable involvement in the creative process.
While there's nothing official yet, the paper goes on to note that Illumination Entertainment, home of the Minions, is "close" to an agreement with Nintendo to use the plumber brothers in a film.