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The Super Mario Bros. animated movie was announced years ago, yet there’s very little that we actually know. The main cast had been previous confirmed, but in terms of what to actually expect, things have been quiet. 

Before that recent delay took place, rumored details about the film supposedly leaked online. The information is a bit dubious, but GamesBeat’s Jeff Grubb, who has a history with leaking news pertaining to games, seems to think that it could be legitimate and may have come about from audience testing. 

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The Super Mario Bros. animated movie has been delayed to April 2023, Nintendo has just announced.

Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto, who is a co-producer on the film, shared the news. He and Illumination founder Chris Meledandri were in agreement to push the film back April 7 in North America and April 28 in Japan. It was previously planned for December of this year.

Miyamoto’s full statement about the Super Mario Bros. movie being delayed is as follows:

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Jason Momoa, the star of Aquaman and Dune, is now set to be the leading actor in the upcoming Minecraft movie, The Ankler and The Hollywood Reporter have claimed. Additionally, Napoleon Dynamite filmmaker Jared Hess will be in charge of directing.

News about the Minecraft movie appears to trickle in every so often, but this is one of the more substantial updates we’ve had in some time. We heard a few years ago that the film would debut in March 2022, though that never came to be. The COVID-19 pandemic no doubt impacted things, but a new date has not been announced at this time.

Cinematic universes and connecting characters is a big part of the movie industry, but we’ve seen to see Nintendo tackle the idea with something like Super Smash Bros., which is a gaming franchise famous for its crossovers. However, there is at least one notable director out there with experience who would like to give it a shot.

Jeff Fowler is just coming off the Sonic the Hedgehog 2 film which he directed. In an interview with Comicbook, he was asked about giving Smash Bros. the movie treatment. Here’s what he said in response:

Paramount Pictures has gone live with a final trailer for its upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog 2 movie. This comes ahead of the film’s debut next month.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 takes place immediately after the first movie from 2020. Dr. Robotnik is up to his nefarious ways, and enlists the help of Knuckles the Echidna for revenge on Sonic. Meanwhile, Sonic teams up with Miles “Tails” Prower – who makes his debut – with the two going off on a search for an emerald that has the power to destroy civilizations and prevent it from falling into the wrong hands.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 will have a presence at the Super Bowl this weekend as the movie will be debuting a new commercial. However, it appears that the advert has surfaced online early.

The first proper trailer was released during The Game Awards back in December. This commercial provides another look at the film with new scenes.

During The Game Awards today, SEGA and Paramount Pictures debuted the very first trailer for the Sonic the Hedgehog 2 movie.

Ben Schwartz will be back as Sonic the Hedgehog, as will be Jim Carrey as Dr. Robotnik. We’ll also be seeing Colleen O’Shaughnessey as Miles “Tails” Prower and Idris Elba as Knuckles the Echidna.

The Game Awards 2021 will have not one, but two new Sonic debuts.

On the game side of things, SEGA intends to show off the next core 3D entry in the franchise. The project was originally announced for Switch earlier this year with a brief CG teaser. Not much is known at present, though that should change come tomorrow. SEGA has thus far only committed to a 2022 release window. We actually don’t have a confirmed name just yet.

Nintendo is starting to dabble with the movie space in the form of the Super Mario animated film, but could we see other franchises – like Metroid – get the same treatment?

Yoshio Sakamoto started out on the original Metroid as a designer. Since then, he’s worked on almost all of the 2D games as either a director and producer.

CNET recently asked Sakamoto about a potential Metroid movie. That prompted the following response:

A new solo animated movie for Donkey Kong is in the works, a report from GiantFreakinRobot claims.

Much about the supposed project is not yet known. However, Illumination would be in charge of handling the film and Seth Rogen would again be voicing the character. Rogen is set to play Donkey Kong in next year’s Super Mario animated movie, which is on track for December 2022.


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