News Nintendo Discussed Super Mario Film With Hollywood's Avi Arad
posted on 2014-12-12 08:00 EST by Sarah Nelkin
Website BuzzFeed is reporting that Sony Pictures and Nintendo were in talks for the films rights to the Super Mario Bros. game franchise. The report comes from a set of leaked emails from Sony, which includes an email from Avi Arad to Sony studio chief Amy Pascal that reads, "I am the proud father of mario the animated film [sic].”
According to BuzzFeed, Pascal suggested director Genndy Tartakovsky (Hotel Transylvania, Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Star Wars: Clone Wars) for the project, although a representative for Tartakovsky told the website that he is not involved. The website adds that Sony Pictures Animation president of production Michelle Raimo Kouyate sent a message to Pascal that said, "I can think of 3-4 movies right out of the gate on this. So huge!"
After BuzzFeed.com's article was posted, Arad contacted the website, saying that the deal with Nintendo had not been closed.
A Super Mario Bros. film was released in 1993 from directors Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel. No films adapting Nintendo's franchises have been released since, though a Metroid film was in development before being cancelled.