When the chips finally fall into place, moviegoers are about to look forward to another video game-inspired film that hopefully turns out to be a great one.
Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures are currently in talks of development with Nintendo Co. to create - for the very first time, an animated Super Mario Bros. movie. Such a feat has not yet been attempted by any big Hollywood studios so far - until now.
Due to the massive popularity of the video game that has been in existence since 1985, excitement and anticipation are expected for the animated version to be unleashed on the big screen.
Touted as one of the best-selling video games of all time with 40,240,000 units sold to countless households all over the world, the perceived success for the proposed movie has fans ready to finally witness an animated movie version.
We can almost hear the video game soundtrack playing in our heads.
Mario Animation Under Negotiations
Nothing has been set in stone yet as both entities are still in negotiations. But receiving this early news about a possible Mario Bros. movie is very thrilling for fans everywhere.
Universal, who is responsible for the creation of another animated blockbuster hit Minions is intent on striking a huge deal with Nintendo as far as films are concerned.
Currently, both huge companies have already partnered up for Nintendo video game-themed parks so it is likely that multi-movie deals could manifest in the horizon.
First Mario Bros. Feature Film Disaster
Hollywood's first attempt to adapt the popular video game to full-length live action film brought on disastrous results in 1993.
Starring Bob Hoskins as Mario and John Leguizamo as Luigi, the feature film Super Mario Bros. was panned by critics across the board. It got dismal ratings from critics - an embarassing 15 percent splat on Rotten Tomatoes.
After doing poorly at the box office, no other attempts were made to make another Super Mario movie.
Mario Bros. Confidence Is Back
Due to the massive number of sales generated by the mobile release of Super Mario Run - in excess of 200 million downloads, plus rave reviews garnered by the latest Nintendo offering Super Mario Switch, now may be the right time to pull off a full-length animation of the classic video game.
Fans should not hold their breath just yet. The proposed Mario Bros. animation is still in development stages and it may take years for the film to reach the big screens.
But hope springs eternal. Keep the dream alive, Mario fans.