If you were hoping to spend this Christmas with Mario and Luigi at the cinema, we’ve got some bad news for you. However, we’ve got good news for those out there who have been concerned about Illumination adapting the long-running Nintendo franchise!
Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of Mario and overall Nintendo legend, has announced that the Super Mario Bros. movie will be delayed until Spring of next year. Originally the film was going to premiere during the 2022 holiday season.
Via Nintendo’s official Twitter account, Miyamoto had the following to say:
“After consulting with Chris-san, my partner at Illumination on the Super Mario Bros. film, we decided to move the global release to Spring 2023–April 28 in Japan and April 7 in North America. My deepest apologies but I promise it will be well worth the wait.”
This is Miyamoto. After consulting with Chris-san, my partner at Illumination on the Super Mario Bros. film, we decided to move the global release to Spring 2023–April 28 in Japan and April 7 in North America. My deepest apologies but I promise it will be well worth the wait.
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) April 26, 2022
Last year we learned that Star-Lord himself, Chris Pratt, was going to be voicing the legendary Italian plumber turned hero. Rather than going for a cast of veteran voice actors, the animated feature was going to have an all-star roster. Charlie Day, Anya Taylor-Joy, Jack Black, and Seth Rogen are also in the mix as part of the main cast.
Suppose I were going to be cynical (which I usually am), I’d wager that the film’s story is going to lean heavily on topical humor. What other guesses can I make? Um, maybe a Mario rap and a skateboarding or snowboarding scene. You know I’m right.
Is there enough material to make a feature-length movie with Mario and Luigi? It was stretched pretty thin in ’93 when Max Headroom‘s Annabel Jankel and Rocky Morton were sharing the director’s chair. I’m not knocking that original movie, and I love it.
What do you think of the casting and the delay? Let us know in the comments section below.