Nintendo announced its partnership with Illumination, the animation studio known for the Despicable Me series, for a new Super Mario Bros. animated film that will be co-produced by Shigeru Miyamoto.
Founder and CEO of Illumination Chris Meledandri will co-produce the film alongside Nintendo’s Representative Director, Shigeru Miyamoto. The film will be co-financed by Universal Pictures and Nintendo, and distributed theatrically worldwide by Universal Pictures.
Here’s a quote from Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima in the latest financial results briefing for fiscal year ending March 2018:
Lastly, we will now introduce a new initiative to effectively use Nintendo IP. We have started development of an animated movie featuring “Super Mario” with Illumination, the movie studio that brought films such as “Despicable Me” and “Minions.” For this project Mr. Chris Meledandri, Founder and CEO of Illumination and Shigeru Miyamoto, Representative Director, Fellow of Nintendo will co-producing the film. The film will be co-financed by Universal Pictures and Nintendo, and distributed theatrically worldwide by Universal Pictures.
Further announcements on details such as release dates will be made at a later date. We look forward to providing further information about the release timing for this movie that we hope everyone will enjoy. As a part of our effort to expand Nintendo IP beyond video games, we look forward to bringing smiles to people around the world through this movie.