Mario fans may finally get to see their iconic character on the big screen, as Nintendo is reportedly planning to work an animated Super Mario Bros. movie. The Japanese gaming giant is expected to join hands with Illumination Entertainment, the studio behind Despicable Me, if both parties come to a mutual agreement regarding an ongoing deal.

Sources further suggest that both companies are on the verge of finalizing a deal that will bring the animated Super Mario Bros. movie to life. Also, Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto is said to play in an integral role in making the movie.

That being said, Nintendo’s past stints at making game-to-movie adaptations turned out rather disastrous. In 1993, the live-action Super Mario Bros. movie did attract a lot of top-shelf Hollywood studios, though met the same terrible fate as other movies inspired by video games. Since then, Nintendo has understandably refrained itself from the movie business.

“The most complicated issue in the negotiations between Illumination and Nintendo has been making the Japanese videogame company feel confident it will be involved enough in the creative process, said one person familiar with the matter.

However, an animated Super Mario Bros. could turn the tide in Nintendo’s favor given Illumination’s outstanding track record in making animated movies. The studio has given us successful movies like Despicable Me, Minions, and the Secret Life of Pets, which have earned them more than $ 5 billion in revenue at the global box office.

Key details about the project remain a closely guarded secret at the moment, but it appears we might finally see a Mario and Luigi on the big screen in the near future. As even Nintendo president, Tatsumi Kimishima also indicated earlier that the company is in talks with a few Hollywood studios to bring the cult character to the big screen.