Further information continues to become known in regards to Sony's movie plans as a series of hacked e-mails have revealed details for an animated Super Mario Bros. movie.
According to BuzzFeed, e-mails reveal Sony Pictures and Nintendo are in talks for a deal to the animated feature film rights of the video game franchise.
Spider-Man producer Avi Arad is behind the project, and it is noted no filmmakers are attached to the project as-of-yet.
“I am the proud father of mario the animated film [sic],” producer Avi Arad toldn an email dated Oct. 23, 2014, with the subject line “Mario.” Arad then forwarded Pascal separate images of him with Mario Bros.creator Shigeru Miyamoto and Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata, the latter of which included the message, “Happy ceo, lets get together, it’s the mother load [sic].”
Pascal forwarded that email to Tom Rothman, who heads up Sony Pictures subsidiary TriStar Pictures. “Avi closed Mario brothers,” she said. “Animated.”
Arad sent an email to Sony Pictures Animation President of Production Michelle Raimo Kouyate thanking her for a congratulatory basket she sent him filled with Mario Bros. merchandise. “Thank you Avi!” Kouyate responded. “Let’s build a Mario empire!” Kouyate also sent a photo of the basket to Pascal, and said, “I can think of 3-4 movies right out of the gate on this. So huge!”
The article mentions that Avi Arad contacted Buzz Feed following publication and stated negotiations with Nintendo were “just the beginning.”