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Illumination’s Super Mario Movie Delayed To Next Year

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How close to the Mario series will Illuimination’s upcoming Super Mario movie be? Everyone’s bracing for a few unorthodox changes, but it’s a touch of authenticity that, like any anticipated video game, the release was just delayed by a few months.

The news was broken by Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto himself, and passed along by Nintendo of America’s Twitter account.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.” By Chris, Shiggy doesn’t mean Pratt — he means Chris Meledandri, director of the still-unseen movie.

The originally announced release date was December 21, 2022 — and usually, when an animated movie is nine months away, images of it start creeping out. The fact that this wasn’t happening for Mario may have been an early hint of the delay, though in this case you could’ve also chalked it up to Nintendo’s notorious secrecy. We still don’t actually know the official title of this movie.

In addition to the cast member everybody memes, the Super Mario movie stars Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, Jack Black as Bowser, Charlie Day as Luigi, Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong, Kevin Michael Richardson as Kamek, Fred Armisen as Cranky Kong and Sebastian Maniscalco as Spike. The script was written by Matthew Fogel (Minions: The Rise of Gru) and co-directed by Michael Jelenic and Aaron Horvath (all things Teen Titans Go!).

The delay also means it will take an entire YEAR to see Mario’s Minionized animated adventure, but it puts it out of the way of James Cameron, who plopped Avatar 2 right in front of the old release date (that one’s due December 16, unless it gets delayed too). Mario reaches theaters April 7.