There are reports over on Buzzfeed that Sony has closed a deal with Nintendo for the animated feature film rights to the Super Marios Bros. game franchise.
The news comes from a series of leaked emails that were passed over to the media following a hack on Sony's files.
An email from producer Avi Arad to Sony Studio Chief Amy Pascal is reported to have read, "I am the proud father of mario the animated film [sic]," with the email subject line of "Mario." Arad is then said to have forwarded images to Pascal of himself with Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of Mario Bros., and also with Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata with the message, "Happy ceo, lets get together, it’s the mother load [sic]."
An email from Arad on 24th Oct to Sony Pictures Animation President of Production Michelle Raimo Kouyate thanked her for a basket she sent to him wishing him congratualtions. The basket was filled with Mario Bros. merchandise. Kouyate responded with "Thank you Avi!" and "Let’s build a Mario empire!" A photo of the basket was also sent to Pascal from Kouyate saying, "I can think of 3-4 movies right out of the gate on this. So huge!"
The emails are said to have suggested Genndy Tartakivsky (director of Hotel Transylvania) to be the director of the animated movie, but Buzzfeed were informed by a Tartakovsky rep that he "is not involved."
Since the news of the leaked emails broke out, Arad has denied to Buzzfeed that the deal has closed.