Last month, hackers (possibly North Korean) leaked a metric crapton of documents, emails, and other internal information from Sony Pictures. The stated intent was to punish the studio for The Interview, an upcoming movie that has Seth Rogen and James Franco attempting to assassinate the leader of North Korea. Over the subsequent weeks, dozens of unannounced projects, movie ideas, and executive-level conversations emerged, and they’re not just about Spider-Man (although there’s plenty of that to go around).
Here are 16 of the biggest things we learned from the leak.
1. Sony wants a Super Mario Bros. movie.
In a move that make sense to exactly no one outside of this deal, the Sony leak revealed that they’re working on an animated Mario Bros. movie with producer Avi Arad, and Nintendo is totally cool with that.
“I am the proud father of mario the animated film [sic],” Avi Arad wrote to Sony studio chief Amy Pascal in an October email. He then attached photos of him with Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto and Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata, captioning the latter, “Happy ceo, lets get together, it’s the mother load.”
The fact that anyone wants to make a Mario Bros. movie after the live-action disaster in the 90s is surprising, but the fact that Sony is involved is kind of mind-boggling. After all, Sony as a company also produces the PlayStation 4 video game console, a device that competes with Nintendo’s own console, the Wii U.
This does not seem to concern Sony though, and they’re even mulling about the possibility of Samurai Jack’s Genndy Tartakovsk directing.