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Mario, Minions to meet in Illumination film

Feb 02,2018
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TOKYO - Mario is getting together with the Minions.

Japanese video-game company Nintendo says a movie starring the plumber in the Super Mario franchise is in the works, co-produced with Chris Meledandri, the chief executive of Illumination Entertainment, the U.S. animation studio behind the popular “Despicable Me” series.

Nintendo’s star game designer Shigeru Miyamoto told reporters Thursday the script is mostly finished. He’s promising a “fun” movie, since Meledandri shares his thinking on creative projects.

The movie, two years in the making after a meeting between Meledandri and Miyamoto, is set for global distribution through Universal, which co-owns Illumination, according to the Kyoto-based maker of Pokemon games and the popular Switch console.

They did not give other details, including the release date. AP