Sony Hack Reveals Intent to Acquire Super Smash Bros. Film Rights

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Included in the deluge of Sony executive emails, memos, PDFs and presentations released on WikiLeaks earlier this week is one little nugget that will warm your inner child’s heart: Sony may be trying to nab film rights to the Super Smash Bros. series.

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On Thursday, WikiLeaks unveiled a new portal for the entire archive of leaked materials from the 2014 Sony hack, many of which, WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange claims, are “newsworthy and at the center of a geopolitical conflict.” While the rumor of a Super Smash Bros. movie probably doesn’t rank high on the list of geopolitically-important fallout for the multinational corporation, it ranks pretty high on my personal list of rumored movies that really need to happen right now.

(Okay, it’s possible that I’m regressing a bit. This can’t end up being much better than the Super Mario Bros. movie if we’re being totally honest here.)

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According to Ars Technica, several emails back and forth between Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal and film producer Avi Arad reference Nintendo’s fan-service fighting series, including one reference to a “full court press” about the series, and a “five year chase” of trying to lock down film rights to characters in the Mario, Zelda, and Donkey Kong series.

Whether Sony has made any firm progress acquiring the rights is anyone’s guess at this point. But with all sorts of bizarre revelations rolling in from the massive leak every day, I wouldn’t be surprised if we learn a little more about Sony’s efforts to woo Nintendo. If you feel like sifting through the sludge pile yourself and happen to uncover any insightful nuggets, by all means share them in the the comments below. [ArsTechnica]


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No no no no NO!!!

You fools, there’s a better Nintendo franchise that would make a hugely more entertaining and profitable movie! There’s so much more potential here! High speed accidents. Bounty hunting. Race drama. Dystopian futures melded with idealistic ones. Intergalactic politics. Bar fight after a minor conflict point, capped by a GODDAMN FALCON-PUNCH. COME ON!!!

There’s a whole universe here asking to be expanded upon. I’ll keep dreaming...