Sony Pictures are reportedly in talks with Nintendo about producing an an animated Super Mario Bros. movie, BuzzFeed reports.
The news emerged from leaked emails sent by producer Avi Arad, who in recent years has worked on Marvel properties such as Iron Man, Ghost Rider, and The Amazing Spider-Man, taken after the production company’s servers became the latest victim of hackers last week.
“I am the proud father of Mario the animated film,” producer Avi Arad shared in an email to Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal on 23rd October 2014.
Earlier emails sent in February referenced a Japan visit so that Arad could meet “his Nintendo guy,” while a later trip in July reads: “I am heading to Tokyo… I am going to try and bring back a little plumber. I guess we can all use our pipes cleaned.”
Images with Arad accompanied by Nintendo’s Satoru Iwata and Shigeru Miyamoto have also been found, with the message: “Happy CEO, lets get together, it’s the mother load.”
Arad has later denied that the deal had closed, although confirmed that their discussion with Nintendo were “just the beginning.”