The theatrical premiere of Super Mario Bros. has been shelved from Dec. 21, 2022, to April 7, 2023, Illumination and Universal announced late Monday.
Chris Pratt voices Mario in the computer-animated film. Anya Taylor-Joy (Princess Peach), Charlie Day (Luigi), Keegan-Michael Key (Toad), Jack Black (Bowser), Fred Armisen (Cranky Kong), Seth Rogen (Donkey Kong), Kevin Michael Richardson (Kamek), and Sebastian Maniscalco (Spike) round out the star-studded voice ensemble.
Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic, who previously helmed Teen Titans Go! To the Movies, are behind the direction of the film written by Minions: The Rise of Gru screenwriter Matthew Fogel.
The Super Mario Bros. film is a collaboration between Nintendo and Illumination, with Universal distributing in North America and Illumination co-financing.
The film will be produced by Illumination founder Chris Meledandri and Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto, the famed creator of Mario.
Following the catastrophic Super Mario Bros. film in 1993, Nintendo has been exceedingly fastidious in adapting its characters. John Leguizamo, the late Bob Hoskins, and Dennis Hopper featured in the live-action adaptation. Although the picture flopped at the box office, it maintains its position as a cult masterpiece.