The Mario Bros. may be returning to the screen sooner than you think.
Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima told Japanese newspaper The Asahi Shimbun that Nintendo is considering making moves based on its video game characters. The company is in talks with production companies from all over the world to feel out potential partners, but “we want to do as much as we can by ourselves,” he told The Asahi Shimbun.
Kimishima is aiming to have films produced “within a few years,” according to the newspaper.
In a statement to EW, Nintendo took a broader stance, saying the goal isn’t necessarily to “enter into the movie business.”
“More specifically, we intend to intensify our involvement in producing new works that make use of our IP and, if necessary, will review the possibility of investing in a variety of productions,” the statement reads. “Our objective is to increase the number of people who get access to Nintendo IP. We are communicating with our partners, and will disclose the relevant information when details are decided.”
Nintendo boasts such popular characters as Mario, Donkey Kong, Link, and many more, but with the exception of Pokémon, only a handful have made it to the big screen. A 1993 live-action version of Super Mario Bros. starred Dennis Hopper, Bob Hoskins, and John Leguizamo; it was a critical and box office flop.
Read The Asahi Shimbun’s original report here.