The Super Mario Bros film is going to be delayed. Game creator Shigeru Miyamoto confirmed the news, revealing that he had discussed the delay of the Chris Pratt film with Illumination. However, Miyamoto was also quick to hype up the film by claiming it will be worth the wait!
Shigeru Miyamoto made the announcement on the official Nintendo of America Twitter account. In the tweet, Miyamoto confirmed that the decision was made by him and Illumination. The Super Mario Bros. creator also stated that although it will be a long wait fans will truly enjoy the movie as soon as it is dropped.
"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," Miyamoto wrote.
The film was originally set to premiere in December 2022 and would have been available for streaming on Peacock by early 2023. There have even been reports that the film had already completed production and would have been ready for release by the end of the year.
For now, it is unclear why Nintendo and Illumination decided to delay the movie's release. However, there could be another official statement soon. Stay tuned for more updates on this story.
The still-untitled Super Mario Bros. movie will star Chris Pratt as Mario, Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, Charlie Day as Luigi, Jack Black as Bowser, Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, and Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong. Original Mario voice actor Charles Martinet is also set to appear in several undisclosed cameo roles.
The Super Mario Bros. animated film is currently scheduled for release on April 7, 2023, in the United States, followed by a Japanese release on April 28, 2023.