'Super Mario Bros.' Movie Developing Again at the Unlikeliest Studio
It's unfortunate that the Super Mario Bros. movie from 1993 is one of those movies you just want to forget, but it was just so terrible that it's impossible to burn from your memory. However, it sounds like fans of everyone's favorite coin-collecting plumbers may have a different big screen iteration to look forward to, and it might come from a pretty unlikely place. BuzzFeed has learned that Spider-Man franchise producer Avi Arad is in pursuit of the rights to Nintendo's most iconic video game character, and e-mails uncovered in the leak at Sony Pictures reveal that he's talked to studio chief Amy Pascal about an animated movie.
Pascal then forwarded Arad's news of the video game character's rights acquisition to Tom Rothman over at TriStar Pictures (a subsidiary of Sony). Initially, the source reported that Arad has closed the deal for the rights to Super Mario Bros., but he reached out to tell them that this was "just the beginning" of negotiations between he and Nintendo. But Pascal was already thinking about who should be at the helm of the feature, throwing around the name of their Hotel Transylvania director Genndy Tartakovsky, who has also been responsible for "Samurai Jack" and "Star Wars: The Clone Wars."
But what makes this really interesting is that this project is developing at Sony Pictures, part of the overarching Sony corporation, who also just happens to make PlayStation, a fierce competitor with Nintendo. More than likely, Sony might have some things to say about their motion picture arm picking up a Nintendo property, or vice versa, but this is still early in the stages of development, so we'll see if a film can even get off the ground. There's a reason Nintendo has sold off rights to their characters for movies, but it sounds like the under-performing of the Wii U gaming system may have changed their mind. Thoughts?