Amazing Spider-Man Producers Seek Super Mario Bros Movie For Sony

Amazing Spider-Man Producers Seek Super Mario Bros Movie For Sony

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The team behind the Spider-Man reboot wants to bring gaming's most iconic hero back to the big screen

BuzzFeed reported overnight that emails revealed by the massive hacking of Sony Pictures emails between studio executive Amy Pascal and producer Avi Arad (whose correspondence over the troubled Amazing Spider-Man movies has also been a subject of the hacking) revealed that the studio is seeking to secure the movie rights to the Super Mario Bros franchise from Nintendo.

While Arad later corrected BuzzFeed that the deal has not yet been closed and his negotiations with Nintendo are "just the beginning," he does not deny the rest of the report; which describes emails sent to Pascal featuring him in photos with Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata and Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto. Further emails within the studio suggest that Arad has been pursuing the property for some time, with the eventual goal of creating an animated film franchise. Nintendo famously closed its doors to Hollywood after the disasterous live-action Mario movie in 1993, but has seemed more open to the idea in recent years.

A businessman specializing in toys and animated TV programs, Arad rose to prominence as part of the team that took up rebuilding Marvel after it's 1996 bankruptcy. He left the company in 2006 to form his own studio amid chatter that he doubted the success of Marvel's "Cinematic Universe" project. He has since failed to find similar success, having thus far (actively) produced only the two poorly-received (and financially troubled reboots of Spider-Man (to which he retained the movie rights) and movie spin-offs of the Bratz and Robosapien toy lines; with an animated Popeye feature set for 2016.

Source: BuzzFeed

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...Dangit! Should have waited for the official report. Now my thread looks stupid.

Anyways: Avi Arad? Sony Pictures? I'm...not to happy, to be honest. Hopefully it retains more of the Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs quality and not...everything else...Oh goodness, please be good.

The first time I saw this news I got REALLY worried. BUT, this part does give me some hope

MovieBob:
Further emails within the studio suggest that Arad has been pursuing the property for some time, with the eventual goal of creating an animated film franchise.

There's still hope for it as long as it stays animated. At the very least, it means Charles Martinet could get a good payday out of it.

Animated would be preferable I think, though I firmly believe that a live action version could work if the effects house responsible was talented enough. I think the Creature Shop could do amazing work in this regard.

what piques my interest here is the mention of a Popeye film as well. Last I'd heard of it was an animation test from Genndy Tartakovsky which looks like a lot of fun.

Full disclosure: I have a huge professional crush on Tartakovsky so...

Let's not jump to conclusions, just because Sony Pictures wants the film rights, doesn't mean Nintendo will sell them. Everyone's talking like they've already got them, but I hope Nintendo won't sell them simply because Sony Pictures is really bad at making movies, and apparently worse at keeping them secret with their shitty security systems.

Jeremy Dawkins:
Let's not jump to conclusions, just because Sony Pictures wants the film rights, doesn't mean Nintendo will sell them. Everyone's talking like they've already got them, but I hope Nintendo won't sell them simply because Sony Pictures is really bad at making movies, and apparently worse at keeping them secret with their shitty security systems.

Seriously. Imagine if Sony got them. There probably wouldn't be another Mario movie even attempted within in my lifetime if it turns out as bad as the last one. See this is why Nintendo just needs to strike a movie deal with Disney. Sure Disney would be one step closer to ruling the world but there is so little faith in Sony's ability to make franchise characters work that there is not even a contract and people are shouting "NO!" already. I can only imagine how Moviebob is taking the news given his opinion on The Amazing Spider-man movies and his love Nintendo.

I just hope that they can manage to match the greatness that is the original.

SPE must be pretty desperate if thats the idea they decided to pursue.

Though i would have some sort of bile interest in seeing what they would make of it.

KazeAizen:

Jeremy Dawkins:
Let's not jump to conclusions, just because Sony Pictures wants the film rights, doesn't mean Nintendo will sell them. Everyone's talking like they've already got them, but I hope Nintendo won't sell them simply because Sony Pictures is really bad at making movies, and apparently worse at keeping them secret with their shitty security systems.

Seriously. Imagine if Sony got them. There probably wouldn't be another Mario movie even attempted within in my lifetime if it turns out as bad as the last one. See this is why Nintendo just needs to strike a movie deal with Disney. Sure Disney would be one step closer to ruling the world but there is so little faith in Sony's ability to make franchise characters work that there is not even a contract and people are shouting "NO!" already. I can only imagine how Moviebob is taking the news given his opinion on The Amazing Spider-man movies and his love Nintendo.

Well, given that he went to bed after hearing this and his tweet of the word "no" repeated ad infinitum, I'd say pretty poorly.

You can always do limited film rights that turn off in 10 years, or 3 films or if X film dose not make X box office numbers.

KazeAizen:

Jeremy Dawkins:
Let's not jump to conclusions, just because Sony Pictures wants the film rights, doesn't mean Nintendo will sell them. Everyone's talking like they've already got them, but I hope Nintendo won't sell them simply because Sony Pictures is really bad at making movies, and apparently worse at keeping them secret with their shitty security systems.

Seriously. Imagine if Sony got them. There probably wouldn't be another Mario movie even attempted within in my lifetime if it turns out as bad as the last one. See this is why Nintendo just needs to strike a movie deal with Disney. Sure Disney would be one step closer to ruling the world but there is so little faith in Sony's ability to make franchise characters work that there is not even a contract and people are shouting "NO!" already. I can only imagine how Moviebob is taking the news given his opinion on The Amazing Spider-man movies and his love Nintendo.

Bob's incessant hammering of Spider-Man and Nintendo leaves very little to the imagination.

I dunno if I want Sony to be the ones to make a Mario Movie, simply because Sony isn't that good at film making (I Mean, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs was really because of the Directors/Writers then it was because of Sony, and while I have faith in the Popeye film, that'd be because of Tarkovsky, not Sony). I really wish that Nintendo would go to one of the Powerhouse studios (Disney, Pixar, Dreamworks, even Warner Brothers) instead of Sony, because they would be 10x better then Sony ever would.

Plus, Sony films generally have this weird look to them that worked for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and will (hopefully) work with Popeye (Where the Models are really loose and fluid, the Mouths move all over the Characters face, and the characters are usually really skinny to the point of being pole people), but Mario would be really odd having this kind of animation. It's one of the reasons I don't really like Hotel Transylvania, because the animation just looks really jarring on those kind of characters.

The only way I can imagine this happening is if Nintendo's "Quality Of Life" Program becomes bigger than its gaming consoles. Without really wanting to throw Shigeru Miyamoto under the bus because Nintendo now has something else that may last another hundred years or so they instead offer to sell Miyamoto's franchises to Sony where Miyamoto will then agree to work.

Of course that will never happen.

Back to holding onto the dream that Nintendo buys Capcom and doesn't destroy a massive amount of Capcom's franchises in the process.

....

I'm looking at you Okami because Nintendo already has LoZ.
And you (most of) Street Fighter because SSB.
And you Viewtiful Joe because Mega Man might as well have killed you off once he was in SSB.
And you Games that rely on M Ratings because Nintendo doesn't know how to maintain an M Rated franchise.

Oddly enough Steel Battalion will become a major hit franchise with Nintendo once the (constant) robot control shaped recharging peripheral for Wii U's Touch Screen & Wiimotes are used for those Giant Robot Games.

....

Nintendo Make This Happen, Please!

Considering there are reports that the Japanese headquarters for Sony is also pissed at how Spiderman turned out, I doubt Nintendo would see that and decide handing over the rights to Mario would be a good idea.

This is the only appropriate response. I need to find a way to turn this into a proper youtube video that's been extended a little...

http://www.infinitelooper.com/?v=5LD7NQSie6Y&p=n#/71;75

I get the feeling Arad would end up disappointed considering how tightly Nintendo keeps ahold of their franchises. What's really funny is that ALL these leaked e-mails have made the obvious about Sony pretty much a fact: that they're an incompetent company hemorrhaging money with no end in sight and have no clue as to how to fix their problems. Sony Pictures in general just looks pathetic as I'm not reminded of businessmen, but a bunch of schoolyard idiots running around calling each other meanie-heads or something.

MovieBob:

The team behind the Spider-Man reboot wants to bring gaming's most iconic hero back to the big screen

My head hurts just trying to comprehend the levels of stupid this news means.

First, as much as I like Mario games, I really don't feel like they translate to film well (or at least not easily). It takes someone with a vast knowledge of games and a good cinematic eye to really pull this off without pissing off fans or alienating general audiences... which leads me to...

Second, I don't think the guys behind the Spiderman Reboot (ANYONE involved with it) have any actual talent for film making in general. Sure, Emma Stone is fine and some actors have done "okay" in other projects, but beyond that, every Spiderman reboot film thus far as made me just hate the franchise and Sony more. Not because it isn't the Sam Raimi series, but because there's a completely lack of understanding to who Peter Parker is and what Spiderman means/does to him as a character. Plus the designs for the villains makes me want to vomit (looking at you Green Goblin).

So you mean to tell me the people behind the god awful Spiderman films at Sony now want to bastardize Mario? I mean, Sony already said their going to fuck up Sonic on the big screen. SONY! STOP RUINING MY CHILDHOOD WITH YOUR HALF-BAKED IDEAS!

All that said, I could see this working fine if it was someone like Disney making the films. Not because Marvel. But because of films like Wreck-It Ralph showing they have an understanding (to a degree) on video games and translating them to film. On top of that, they've made films out of theme park rides (see Pirates of the Caribbean) leading me to believe so long as they keep good writers around, they can make a film based on just about anything. Sony? Not so much.

Ummmmm..... no, I just don't think that is a good idea. Lets see how desperate Nintendo is for money I guess. I mean, it's like selling your soul. They will make a bad movie, then wait till the rights almost expire, make another bad movie... just don't do it.

I'm actually mostly fine with Avi Arad, so ... still no to that idea. Sony Pictures really needs some severe restructuring.

CkretAznMan:
I'm actually mostly fine with Avi Arad, so ... still no to that idea. Sony Pictures really needs some severe restructuring.

sony in general needs a giant restructuring considering how they're anticipating on posting a multi-billion loss for the year. AGAIN. It's actually pretty fascinating how Sony went from top of the world at the turn of the millennium to a money-burning mess.

On one hand, it be hard to top the 1993 masterpiece that barely even had elements of the games (but did have some of the Italian-American stereotypes of the Mario Bros. Super Show). On the other, this is Sony Pictures we speak of here. They did the same mistakes, that made them feel like rebooting Spidey movies after Raimi left, two movies later. I can see a draft script having Mario and Luigi going on a darker and edgier revenge spree against turtles and walking mushrooms.

Of course, I thought Big N gave up on Hollywood Mario movies after what happened with the 93 movie and altogether after the Metroid movie languished in development hell for years. (The latter's core concept is probably even less filmable than the former.) Arad would have to either find a way to bio engineer real life Pikmin for Miyamoto or spend all of Sony's remaining money to convince them. Even if this deal got though with any studio, Nintendo should have final creative control at all times, just so we don't get another movie with spay painted super scopes turning people into monkeys.

Well... It's not like he could make it worse, right? I mean the original movie was god-awful, so in theory, he can only go up... But I hope he doesn't get it, because I HATE the Amazing Spiderman movies and I don't want to bring that down on any other franchise.

SilverUchiha:
Plus the designs for the villains makes me want to vomit (looking at you Green Goblin).

What, you mean you don't like the Harry "Vladmir Harkonnen" Osborn look? What on earth is wrong with you? *massive sarcasm*

I think a 3D animated feature could be good, if it stays true to the spirit of Mario.

I imagine a trailer where it shows Mario speeding through Goombas and Koopas, entering the castle, taking down the boss, reaching the prison cell only to find a Toad, to which Mario says "Let me guess, the princess is in another castle?"

If this movie does end up coming to fruition, can it be based on that one comic book series Linkara(?) talked about?

Other than that, why do I think this movie could go down the same path as Scott Pilgrim vs The World concept-wise?

Why?
Why the fuck people want to make movies out of games?
"I know 57 previous attempts sucked, but this time..."
Yeah, spoiler, you will make 58th piece of shit.

blackrave:
Why?
Why the fuck people want to make movies out of games?
"I know 57 previous attempts sucked, but this time..."
Yeah, spoiler, you will make 58th piece of shit.

I dunno, the Mortal Kombat movies will always have a special place in my heart. It got across the spirit of the games quite well. Prince of Persia was actually a pretty good adaption and a fun film in its own right too.

Of course the best example of success goes to Resident Evil. I might not be into it, but the series is definitely well-received by many.

Flammablezeus:

blackrave:
Why?
Why the fuck people want to make movies out of games?
"I know 57 previous attempts sucked, but this time..."
Yeah, spoiler, you will make 58th piece of shit.

I dunno, the Mortal Kombat movies will always have a special place in my heart. It got across the spirit of the games quite well. Prince of Persia was actually a pretty good adaption and a fun film in its own right too.

Of course the best example of success goes to Resident Evil. I might not be into it, but the series is definitely well-received by many.

PoP had barely any story to begin with (dude in white clothes get thrown into prison and must save some chick- never finished it, ran out of time at level 11)

As far as I know about RE movies, they barely follow plot of games (maybe for good)

And we all have special place in our hearts for Mortal Kombat and Street Fighters, but these movies still suck :)

I think my biggest concern is why does Sony want to make a movie based on a Nintendo game?

NO. Abso-facking-lutely not. I don't care about the previous movie at all compared to all this.

But the idiots who made those awful Amazing films are NOT going to touch the Brothers Plumber.

 

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