Sony Pictures are reportedly developing an animated film based on Mario Bros., after having acquired the rights from Nintendo.
BuzzFeed is reporting that among the material that was obtained by the recent Sony Pictures hack, is a string of email conversations between producer Avi Arad and Sony studio chief Amy Pascal.
"I am the proud father of mario the animated film [sic]," said Arad in one email with the subject line "Mario". Arad later forwarded Pascal images of him with Shigeru Miyamoto and Satoru Iwata, the latter of which included the message, "Happy ceo, lets get together, it's the mother load. [sic]"
Further email conversations revealed that the movie will be animated feature and that the deal is "closed." Arad later told the site that the deal was not closed and added that negotiations with Nintendo were "just the beginning."
As it is the case with most films, a studio owning the rights does not automatically mean a film will be produced.