Super Smash Bros. could become an Avengers style team-up movie, or at least that was the plan before Sony’s emails got hacked.
The Sony server hack has already revealed that Sony Pictures is, or was, working on a Super Mario movie, but now it looks like they want to incorporate the entirety of the Nintendo universe in a single film.
According to emails posted by WikiLeaks, ex-Sony Pictures boss Amy Pascal was very interested in signing up the rights to the series and was working with Spider-Man producer Avi Arad to talk Nintendo round to the idea.
One email from her mentions her interest in the amiibo toy line, which has so far been primarily based on Super Smash Bros., and another mentions a ‘five year chase’ to sign up the rights to Nintendo characters including Mario, Donkey Kong, and Zelda.
Website Ars Technica has done most of the digging through the emails, but there seems to be no indication that the movie is really going to happen.
An earlier leak about a standalone Mario game has so far come to nothing, and although some of the emails specifically talk about having signed a deal with Nintendo the company has denied any such thing has happened.
Super Smash Bros. seems an odd idea anyway, considering it’s a fighting game without any backstory. Previous games have tried to imply a vague plot about bad guys invading different Nintendo franchises but the latest games didn’t even bother with that.
If Sony was keen on making other Nintendo films though it could possibly work as an Avengers style team-up movie. Or perhaps it would take the DC approach and start with the team-up, before splintering off into individual movies.
The email leaks also mention a potential deal to licence Sonic The Hedgehog, although apparently Sega were hesitant about making a deal in case Columbia Pictures was acquired by ‘a competitor of theirs’.
Sony bought Columbia back in 1989, but there have been recent rumours it was going to sell the studio off. Sony’s always denied the possibility but the emails mention Activision and Microsoft as theoretical new owners that could upset Sega.