'Super Mario Bros.' Movie Developing Again at the Unlikeliest Studio

December 12, 2014
Source: BuzzFeed

Super Mario Bros.

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?

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The 1993 film is a guilty pleasure of mine.

Al Apone on Dec 12, 2014


Its fun to watch for sure. Marvel that they actually made it. Wonder how they thought it was anything other than a bad movie.

Brian Sleider on Dec 12, 2014


I hope they don't get it because then we will never see Mario in Wreck it Ralph 2 :/ Also Hotel Transylvania was an average movie.

HarryFiddleSticks on Dec 12, 2014


I just want to make sure its mentioned that Tartakovsky is also the mind behind Dexter's lab, Powerpuff girls, Foster's home for imaginary friends, and was involved with the Grim adventures of billy and mandy, batman: the animated series, 2 stupid dogs, tiny toon adventures, as well as samurai jack and the clone wars as mentioned above. In other words, if you were born in the 90's, this guy own your childhood. I cant think of a better guy to direct a movie about my favorite nintendo character.

jay on Dec 12, 2014


ITS-A-MEE-AH!!! This just should not happen. Animated maybe...

DAVIDPD on Dec 12, 2014


Ehm... Just no.

wylles on Dec 12, 2014


I don't want to forget it. I'm glad I've seen it. Glad I tell ya! Long live the Hoskins!!

grimjob on Dec 12, 2014


Thanks you ... best husband and wife directing duo ever! I truly loved this movie from the story to casting and the interoperation making this real life action film, and not a direct adaption. Where the creative licensing in that?

Guest on Dec 16, 2014


I loved this movie growing up, sad that people need a direct translation. NO individual thinking left, just re-boots and shot for shot remakes, or grittier remakes. BS people will never get how cool this movie really is.. ... Boom Boom shalocka locka boom!

shane willett on Dec 16, 2014


Nintendo sells rights to anyone but Disney ... Then Fuck Nintendo - its dead! To me and truly inherent fan boys! Its just as bad as Sonic appearing on Mario games... Sega was cool for years... 1991-1999 RIP - they died as well. It like Chevorlette making a Mustang or Ford making a Corvette ... I wouldn't buy that shit! Neither should you!

shane willett on Dec 16, 2014

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