Sony Acquires Rights to Super Mario Bros. Movie
With 2014 being 20 years for PlayStation, Sony has had a pretty good year... until recently when a bunch of its files were hacked and revealed to the public.
While we feel kind of bad for Sony and its leaked file woes, we don't feel all that bad about it apparently acquiring the rights to a Mario Bros. movie. Okay so, maybe we're getting a little ahead of ourselves. In an update to BuzzFeed news, it has been revealed that the producer Avi Arad has informed them that the deal hadn't been closed, but... we can still hope, right?
In a series of back and forth emails, Arad admitted to Amy Pascal, Sony Studio chief, on Oct. 23 as being, "the proud father of mario the animated film [sic]." From this, Pascal wrote an email to Tom Rothman, the head of TriStar Pictures (Sony Pictures' subsidiary), and announced that Arad closed the animated Mario brothers deal. While this is all very exciting, it's notable that this is only the first step. Not only does it take a long time to get a feature film approved, but there was also no mention of a filmmaker.
Another thing everyone has to keep in mind is Nintendo's seeming resistance to making its video games into movies. When Shigeru Miyamoto, Mario Bros'. creator, was contacted about it, he replied, "There have been a lot of cases where we’ve been approached by different people with lots of different ideas.” He then went on to say, “And I don’t want to say that it’s impossible, [but] I don’t want you to get the impression that we are in the middle of making a movie or something. … But we always have to take into account the fact that game entertainment and movie entertainment is quite different — one being passive, and one being active. Those don’t always necessarily mix.”
We'll just have to wait and see if Arad eventually does close the deal or if the leaked files were enough to make, what seems to be a fragile arrangement, break.