The Wall Street Journal reports that Illumination - the studio that made the Despicable Me movies and spin-off Minions - has been in talks with Nintendo for more than a year.
The animated Super Mario Bros. film is now in "early development", which doesn't mean much. This Super Mario Odyssey glitch lets you kill Mario in the game's co-op mode which lets the player capture a Piranha Plant and then lets them kill Mario.
If the deal goes through, it will mark the first major feature-length film for Nintendo since the 1993 live-action movie, which starred Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo and Dennis Hopper, outside of the ongoing Pokémon franchise. Polygon has reached out to both Nintendo and Illumination for comment.
Nintendo and Universal have an existing relationship that will see theme parks based on the video game giant's renowned properties opened in Universal Studios' locations in Japan, Florida and California. Right now, the deal is one for one movie, but there is potential for more. Animated films, especially ones as important as this, tend to take a long time to make, so don't even bother to start holding your breath yet.