Expected for Christmas 2022, the film dedicated to the mustachioed plumber Super Mario misses the mark and changes its release date. When can we see it in the cinema?
Among the plethora of video game adaptation projects for the cinema in recent years, Nintendo licenses are relatively inconspicuous on the big screen. However, the great return of the Japanese giant’s brands in the dark rooms would take place this year in December with the movie Super Mario, dedicated, as its name indicates, to the famous plumber in blue overalls and a red cap. However, the animated feature will be a bit longer.
It was on Twitter that Shigeru Miyamoto, the famous creator of Super Mario, announced it on the official accounts of the Japanese publisher. “After consulting with Chris [Meledandri, ndlr] my partner at Illumination for the Super Mario Bros. movie, we have decided to move the worldwide release of the movie to spring 2023, April 28 in Japan and April 7 in North America. My sincerest apologies, but I promise you it will be worth the wait.” Honestly, we can expect the movie to be released around the US release date. early April 2023.
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, April 28 in Japan and April 7 in North America. My sincerest apologies, but I promise it will be worth the wait.
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) April 26, 2022
The animated feature film was commissioned by Nintendo from Illumination Entertainment, a subsidiary animation studio of Universal Pictures to which we owe the Me, Despicable and Mean saga but also its spin-off The Minions. The Super Mario Bros movie is directed by Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic and should feature a Super Mario adventure, dubbed for the occasion by Chris Pratt (Jurassic World, Guardians of the Galaxy). Alongside him, many well-known actors are planned in the credits, including Anya Taylor-Joy (Mad Max Fury Road, Split) as Princess Peach, Seth Rogen (Supergrave) as Donkey Kong, and finally Jack Black (Rock Academy, Jumanji) in the bowser role
Keep in mind that this isn’t the first attempt at adapting Super Mario on the big screen. In 1993, Annabel Jankel and Rocky Morton had already tried a first live action adaptation. We discover Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo in the roles of Mario and Luigi. The feature film did not break even and, above all, was burned at the stake of the worst adaptations of video games to the cinema. We better understand why it took Nintendo thirty years to get its plumber from the small screens of its consoles to the big screen!