Sony Negotiating With Nintendo to Make a New ‘Super Mario Bros.’ Film
We all remember the horrible disaster that was the ‘Super Mario Bros.’ movie back in 1993. If you don’t remember the film, we’d like to know just how you managed to successfully wipe it from your memory. Although the last attempt at bringing Mario to the big screen wasn't so great, Sony is in negotiations with Nintendo to make a new ‘Super Mario Bros.’ movie (or possibly multiple movies), as revealed in the latest round of hacked e-mails from the studio.
Former Marvel head and ‘Spider-Man’ producer Avi Arad has been discussing the prospect of an animated Mario movie with Nintendo. Buzzfeed published a report on the negotiations between Sony and Nintendo, which they uncovered from the hacked Sony e-mails:
‘I am the proud father of mario the animated film [sic],’ producer Avi Arad told Sony Studio Chief Amy Pascal in an email dated Oct. 23, 2014, with the subject line ‘Mario.’ Arad then forwarded Pascal separate images of him with Mario Bros. creator Shigeru Miyamoto and Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata, the latter of which included the message, ‘Happy ceo, lets get together, it’s the mother load [sic].’ Pascal forwarded that email to Tom Rothman, who heads up Sony Pictures subsidiary TriStar Pictures. “Avi closed Mario brothers,” she said. ‘Animated.’ On Oct. 24, Arad sent an email to Sony Pictures Animation President of Production Michelle Raimo Kouyate thanking her for a congratulatory basket she sent him filled with Mario Bros. merchandise. ‘Thank you Avi!’ Kouyate responded. ‘Let’s build a Mario empire!’ Kouyate also sent a photo of the basket to Pascal, and said, ‘I can think of 3-4 movies right out of the gate on this. So huge!’
Arad told Buzzfeed that he hadn’t yet closed on the deal, contrary to the information obtained from the e-mails, but that he is in negotiations in the talks with Nintendo are “just the beginning.” Amy Pascal also mentions Genndy Tartakovsky in the private exchanges, saying that she believes the ‘Hotel Transylvania’ and ‘Samurai Jack’ director would be “perfect” for the Mario project. Tartakovsky’s people have denied his involvement.
It’s been 21 years since the release of the terrible live-action ‘Super Mario Bros.’ movie, and it was only a matter of time before one of the major studios tried to bring Mario and Luigi back to the big screen. What do you guys think? Would you like to see a new Mario movie? Do you think an animated film is the best option?