If you have kids — or, let’s face it, if you’ve been alive during the past few decades — you know about the Mario Bros video game franchise. Evan Daugherty certainly knows the Bros: The Snow White And The Huntsman scribe has teamed with Maker Studios’ gaming and geek culture network Polaris to create The Four Players, a quartet of live-action shorts that give each of the playable characters from Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros 2 game a gritty twist. “Making these short films gave me a chance to really ‘do my own thing’ while having a little fun treating one of my favorite video game properties with a darker vibe,” said the UTA-repped Daugherty, who also penned the upcoming Divergent and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and is working on G.I. Joe 3. “I had been kicking around the idea for years before I was even working in the industry, so to finally be able to share these films with fans on Polaris is a very exciting thing.” Daugherty funded the films himself. The Fixer (which focuses on Mario), The Addict (his brother Luigi), The Star (imperiled Princess Peach) and The Soldier (Toad) are posted at Polaris’ YouTube channel. Check out Mario doin’ work in The Fixer below:
UPDATE: I’m told that the deal being finalized will be worth $1.5 million against more than $3 million, easily making it one of the biggest spec deals of the year.
EXCLUSIVE: I’m told that Universal Pictures is putting the finishing touches on a multi-million dollar deal for Snow White and the Huntsman, a revisionist take on the fairy tale scripted by Evan Daugherty and produced by Alice in Wonderland‘s Joe Roth. Attached to direct is Rupert Sanders, who has been on a short list for many plum studio jobs including The Hunger Games and All You Need Is Kill, based on his reel of stylishly-directed commercials