Quite a while has passed since we last heard about Nintendo's collaboration with Illumination to bring Mario to the silver screen, but Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa has shared a short update in the company's recent Nine Months Financial Results Briefing.

According to the update, the film is "moving along smoothly" and the current aim is to have it appear in theatres by 2022. Nintendo will own the rights to the film, meaning that it can be "leveraged for business opportunities", while both Nintendo and Universal Pictures are funding its production.

Furukawa describes the film as "one of the bigger examples" of Nintendo creating new opportunities for consumers to interact with the Nintendo IP. It's a project that Nintendo is "proactively involved in" from development to production, with both Nintendo's own Shigeru Miyamoto and Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri co-producing the film.

Are you looking forward to seeing how this turns out? After seeing Detective Pikachu, we're actually feeling cautiously optimistic about it.