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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Late last year, The Wall Street Journal reported that Nintendo was getting back into the movie business, and that they were nearing a deal with Illumination Entertainment (The Despicable Me series) to bring an animated Super Mario Bros. movie to the big screen. However, ever since that announcement, there’s been no news from the Big N.

Now, in an interview with the Japanese outlet Kyoto Shimbun (translation via JapaneseNintendo), Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima has stated that while Nintendo does plan on moving forward with a Super Mario Bros. movie, they have yet to pen a deal with a partner. So from the sound of it, those talks in November have yet to bear fruit.

However, Kimishima has also stated that they hope to make an announcement regarding this deal soon, and that if everything goes ahead as planned, then a 2020 release date for this film is possible. It’s also been emphasized that Illumination is only “rumored” to be in talks at this point.

So don’t count them in the movie game just yet…but don’t count them out either. As games like Pokémon GoSuper Mario Jump, and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp for iOS have proven, they do have interest in pursuing the goals they made in expanding their company, and as such, it seems like it’s only a matter of time before this goes through.

On the heels of their strongest year since the era of the Wii, announcing a Super Mario Bros. movie would be a nice feather to put in their cap. Here’s hoping that we hear about this soon!

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SOURCE: Kyoto Shimbun (via Japanese Nintendo)

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.