+$Nintendo has confirmed the film in a tweet, adding that it will be co-produced by Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of the+$Mario+$series of video games, and Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri.
+$Nintendo and Illumination are partnering on a movie starring Mario, co-produced by Shigeru Miyamoto and Chris Meledandri! pic.twitter.com/wVRPLIzcGJ+$February 1, 2018
+$It’s one of the highest-profile licensing deals by a Hollywood studio in years, the Wall Street Journal报道+$earlier.
+$The project is the latest move by the Japanese game company to diversify its earnings in different revenue streams.
+$Pokémon characters appeared in the wildly popular AR game Pokémon Go, while in 2015 Nintendo agreed that Universal Parks and Resorts could build attractions based on Nintendo characters. A Nintendo-themed area of Universal’s Osaka theme park is planned to coincide with the+$2020 Tokyo Olympics。
+$Earlier This Week,+$Nintendo Reported+$its biggest third-quarter operating profit in eight years.
+$Of course, this isn’t the first time the iconic plumber brothers have starred in a film series. A 1993 live action film featuring Bob Hoskins, Dennis Hopper and John Leguizamo –+$described+$by its director as “a harrowing experience” – bombed at the box office.
+$Thankfully, Nintendo is sticking to animation this time. A release date has yet to be announced.