Video game movies have, at best, a patchy track record, and few are viewed with more regret than 1993's live-action Super Mario Bros. But time is the greatest healer as they say and now, more than 20 years later, it seems Sony Pictures is preparing another Mario movie.
Wait, come again...Sony? As in "Sony, owners of PlayStation, rivals of Mario-owning Nintendo"? Yep, that's right. It's the latest revelation to come from the ongoing Sony Pictures hacks. A leaked email seen by Buzzfeed sees producer Avi Arad proclaim himself "the proud father of mario the animated film [sic]", and then forward images of himself with Nintendo top dogs Shigeru Miyamoto and CEO Satoru Iwata, along with the message "Happy ceo, lets get together, it's the mother load. [sic]". No emails acknowledging a potential conflict of interests was found however.
Rather than another live action movie, the email describes an animated film -- something you'd hope would be a little closer to Nintendo's vision of the Mario universe than the bizarre dystopia of the 90s flick. Still, just because Sony has picked up the rights doesn't necessarily mean you'll end up with Mario film on the big screen any time soon -- rights are bought and sold all the time, and Hollywood is notorious for shelving multi-million dollar ideas, particularly when it comes to games; where are the Uncharted, Mass Effect and BioShock movies we once heard so much about? [Buzzfeed]