I can't even begin to fathom how, but a recently leaked email has revealed that Sony Pictures has snapped up the rights to create a brand new animated Super Mario Bros. movie!
Super-producer Avi Arad passed on the news in an email correspondence, dated Oct. 23, 2014, between him and Sony studio chief Amy Pascal. Arad was quoted saying, "I am the proud father of mario the animated film [sic]," and then later sent another email with an image of him, Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto and Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata and a message containing this: “Happy ceo, lets get together, it’s the mother load. [sic].”
The animated movie is still very much in an infantile state, with no scriptwriter or director attached. But Pascal did suggest Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and Hotel Transylvania creator Genndy Tartakovsky as a prime candidate. Before the leak, Buzzfeed had reported that he was definitely not involved. Yeah, we'll see.
What really twists my melon is - Microsoft and its Xbox franchise aside - since the failure that was Sony and Nintendo's joint SNES CD program, the two giants of Japanese electronics have been mortal enemies.
An elderly man (Nintendo) and a middle age guy (Sony) stood on opposing sides of the road, constantly flipping the bird at each other.
So why would Nintendo agree to sell the rights to their most iconic, and arguably, most important mascot to a production company that is owned by a corporation that also owns their direct competition, Sony Computer Entertainment? Who can say! The emails say nothing regarding "any conflicts with their video game corporate cousin."
This is crazy news, but I guess we can all live in hope that this animated feature will end up ten times better than Mario's last outing on the silver screen...