Exploring the possibilities of video game motion pictures, Paramount Studios and Sega appears to find the right formula to make a consistently entertaining series with Sonic the Hedgehog. Now as its sequel hits theaters at the start of April, the success is more than evident with the movie already being primed “#1 movie in America” according to the official Twitter page. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is also the most watched film for Jum Carrey’s career as well.
On the other hand, Super Mario has a lot to surmount to when its film adaptation arrives later this year. Under Universal Studios, Nintendo decided to collaborate with Illumination (Despicable Me, Minions) to create an animated film. If you may recall in fall last year, the casting for the film includes Chris Pratt, Jack Black, and Charlie Day. According to Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa, more could be on the way even before the first trailer was released.
Now inching close to the six-month mark until the movie hits theaters, Nintendo & Universal decided to push the film’s release to 2023. In the announcement, Super Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto wrote a message to waiting fans.
“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.” He continues, “My deepest apologies but I promise it will be well worth the wait.” The most intriguing is the timing of the release for the film abruptly at the start of the new fiscal year. But, there is no evidence suggesting the decision is based on avoiding competition from this year.
Elsewhere previously, Luigi voice Charlie Day did express interest to return to the role for more projects. He explained in one interview that after viewing his child playing Luigi’s Mansion, he certainly would reprise the character for a separate film based on the game. You can read the full report by heading here.
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Super Mario is now slated to release in theaters on April 7, 2022 in North America and April 28, 2022 in Japan.