Originally slated to arrive in theaters on April 7, which also happens to be Good Friday, Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment have moved up the release date of The Super Mario Bros. Movie, an animated film about the iconic video game character, by two days. As a result, the film will now arrive in theaters on Wednesday, April 5.
This update comes courtesy of a tweet shared on the film’s official Twitter page, where it confirmed that the date change will take effect in the US film market as well as over 60 markets around the world, including France, Germany, the U. K., and China. The tweet also confirmed that the film will arrive in additional markets, like the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Eastern Europe, in April and May.
Wahoo! The #SuperMarioMovie is moving from April 7 to April 5 in the US and in more than 60 markets around the world. The movie hits theaters in additional markets in April and May, with Japan opening April 28. pic.twitter.com/CjlikfC3cu
— The Super Mario Bros. Movie (@supermariomovie) February 28, 2023
This isn't the first date change for the Super Mario Bros. Movie. It was originally slated to premiere on December 21, 2022, before it was shifted to April 7, 2023. Universal Pictures then moved the DreamWorks Animation’s film Puss in Boots: The Last Wish to its original December date.
The Super Mario Bros. Movie is the third film adaptation of the character following the 1986 Japanese anime Super Mario Bros.: The Great Mission to Rescue Princess Peach! and the 1993 film Super Mario Bros.
Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic direct this particular take based on a script by Matthew Fogel. Also, Christopher Meledandri, Illumination CEO, produced the film alongside Shigeru Miyamoto, the game’s creator.
The Super Mario Bros. Movie features an ensemble cast, including Chris Pratt, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Day, Jack Black, Keegan Michael-Key, Seth Rogen, Fred Armisen, Sebastian Maniscalco, and Kevin Michael Richardson. They voiced Mario, Princess Peach, Luigi, Bowser, Toad, Donkey Kong, Cranky Kong, Foreman Spike, and Kamek respectively.
By the way, Nintendo recently announced that the final trailer for the forthcoming film will launch during the next Nintendo Direct presentation that will take place on March 9. The game developer also stressed that the presentation will focus exclusively on the forthcoming film and will not provide any game information.
In other news, Miyamoto believes Nintendo will remain the same even after he retires. Also, Illumination is still highly interested in making video game adaptations. Apart from The Super Mario Bros. Movie, the Hollywood animation studio will reportedly be working on a live-action adaptation of another Nintendo game franchise, The Legend of Zelda. However, there are only sparse details about the film at the moment.