Nintendo has confirmed that the Super Mario CG-animated movie will release in theatres in 2022. The information comes from Nintendo’s new Corporate Management Policy Briefing for the fiscal year. According to Nintendo, the film’s “production is moving ahead smoothly”.
The briefing also explained the company has “already embarked on multiple other visual content expansion projects” apart from the animated movie.
The movie is being co-produced by Nintendo’s representative director and the creator of Mario Shigeru Miyamoto, with Illumination studio founder and CEO Chris Meledandri (Despicable Me, Secret Life of Pets) also working on the film.
“I like that this was not done well the first time,” Meledandri said in a statement. “I think that’s more exciting or more worthy than simply making another version of a film that was done incredibly well to begin with.”
The briefing explained that while the Mario film is due in 2022, the company has “already embarked on multiple other visual content expansion projects,” and are “pursuing further opportunities.” Nintendo also clarified that “visual content expansion initiatives may not be limited to film”. Nintendo said it will “continue to invest in these entertainment expansion initiatives.”
All of this is in addition to their usual gaming strategy, as well as the theme park expansion initiative (no further details were provided for that venture), more merchandise, a bigger retail location footprint and additional mobile expansions.