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Sony Pictures reportedly deep in negotiations with Nintendo to obtain animated film rights for Nintendo's iconic franchise. The trove of emails recently unearthed and leaked to media from the massive Sony hack have revealed that Sony Pictures is working hard to secure the rights to make an animated Super Mario Bros. movie.
BuzzFeed obtained the bulk of the these emails. The ones that have really caught our eye are correspondence between producer Avi Arad (Spider-Man) to Sony Pictures executive Amy Pascal containing rather revealing paragraphs to the production of Mario the movie. In the body of the email was written -
"I am the proud father of Mario the animated film."
Arad also sent Pascal images of him standing next to Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto and Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata, saying, "Happy CEO, lets get together, it's the mother load"
As if it all seemed to be a forgone conclusion, it seems as if Pascal sent a further email to Tom Rothman of Sony Pictures subsidiary TriStar Pictures, saying -
"Avi closed Mario brothers. Animated."
What is going on here!? According to Gamespot Arad has since denied that Sony's deal with Nintendo for a Super Mario Bros. animated movie has actually gone through, telling BuzzFeed that his negotiations with the Japanese game giant are "just the beginning."
Still, it appears Sony has already spent some time thinking about how it could build out a Mario animated film series. Pascal mentions in a subsequent email that she thinks Genndy Tartakovsky, director of Hotel Transylvania and creator of Dexter's Laboratory, would be "perfect" for the job of bringing Mario to the big screen for Sony. However, a representative for Tartakovsky said he "is not involved."
Other emails from and to Sony Pictures executives indicate that a deal with Nintendo although gaming rivals could lead to a "Mario empire" for Sony, which may already have as many as four movie ideas in mind.
Video games into movies
The Mario movie will become one of many video game movies currently in development at the moment. Ubisoft alone has a total of six films in the pipeline, including movies based on Assassin's Creed, Watch Dogs, and Splinter Cell.
Meanwhile, Sony is making a Last of Us movie, Konami is moving forward on a film based on Metal Gear Solid, Blizzard Entertainment has its Warcraft movie and as we have reported on previously Capcom is also working on new Dead Rising and Resident Evil movie.
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