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

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

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.

This post was originally published on Gizmodo Australia.

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 rumour 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 rumoured movies that really need to happen right now.

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.

These may end up being nothing but whispers, but with strange new revelations rolling in from the leak every day, I wouldn't be surprised if we learn a little about Sony's efforts to woo Nintendo. If you feel like sifting through the sludge pile yourself and uncover any insightful nuggets, by all means share them in the the comments below. [ArsTechnica]


    This would be terrible, what would it even be about.

      Did you see the cutscenes in Brawl? Those were awesome, I could easily see a movie made just from those cutscenes alone.

        I wouldn't mind an anime after seeing this

        Last edited 19/04/15 11:53 am

      While I agree that this would most likely be horrible, I wouldn't mind being proved wrong

      Last edited 19/04/15 12:21 pm

      It would be a film about the cast of Smash Bros. having to make a film ever 4-8 years to stop Sony from losing the film rights.
      It would be very meta and an exercise in thumbing the nose.

      The Subspace Emissary? Brawl actually had a good story, but the lack of voice acting made the plot at almost Soulsian levels of vague.

    I think it could work if it's handled by the team behind The Lego Movie. I mean, if they can make a good movie about inanimate coloured bricks, image what they could with Smash.

    Last edited 20/04/15 12:47 am

      Everything is Smashing.

      I'll go...

        Surely there is a Thornberry movie in existence with a similarly titled song.

          "Look Marianne. I'm a sloth. Look how slowly I move."

          Nothing to do with what you just said, I just felt like using that quote.

    Considering how Nintendo protects it's characters and their licenses I don't see Sony getting their hands on anything, at least with the type of contracts they have with other licenses.

    Unless they recreate the cutscenes from the Subspace Emissary campaign, there's not going to be much meat on this bone.

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