During a Nintendo Direct event last fall, the company unveiled a release date for the animated Super Mario Bros. movie that it is making with Minions animation study Illumination. Now the company has revealed that the film will not hit theaters on December 21 as planned and will instead be released in the spring of 2023.
ONE tweet credited to Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto says that after consulting with co-producer Chris Meledandri, the new release dates for the Super Mario Bros. movie are April 28 in Japan and April 7 in North America. The tweet did not provide an explanation of how Chris Pratt will portray Mario, a title, or answer any of the other questions we’ve had since this project was announced in 2018.
This is Miyamoto. After consulting with Chris-san, my partner at Illumination on the Super Mario Bros. movie, we decided to move the global release to Spring 2023-28. April in Japan and April 7 in North America. My deepest apologies, but I promise it will be worth the wait.
– Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) April 26, 2022
Other cast members who have been confirmed for the film include Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, Charlie Day as Luigi, Jack Black as Bowser, Seth Rogan as Donkey Kong, Keegan-Michael Key as Toad and Fred Armisen as Cranky Kong. Perennial Mario voice actor Chris Martinet will also be a part of the film, though it is unclear exactly how.
Miyamoto promised that the film will be “well worth the wait” and we will only look at the success of the first the hedgehog Sonic movies to see how true it can be. The first film needed a three-month delay so animators could repair Sonic after viewers were pulled back by the first trailer, and when it came out, the film was a hit. There is no indication of similar problems with the Mario movie, while we still do not know much about it, Deadline reports that the delay is about “optimizing the family audience” with a release over the Easter weekend next year. That it could potentially be synced with the opening of the first US Super Nintendo World theme park and Nintendo’s sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is just a bonus.