Writers Strike Hijacks Universal’s Plan for A ‘Super Mario Bros. Movie’ Sequel

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Right now, the world cannot seem to get enough of The Super Mario Bros. Movie. After opening in theatres on April 5, 2023, this film has achieved massive success.

A draw for this film was due to the incredible cast attached to it. The movie stars Christ Pratt as Mario, Jack Black as Bowser, Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, Charlie Day as Luigi, Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong, and Keegan-Michael Key as Toad. While fans were initially hesitant to see if the film would be good or not, it ended up massively landing within the community.

Before long, the animated film had earned over $1 billion at the global box office, the first film of the year to do so. Now that the film is on its way to being among the most successful of all time, fans are wondering what is next.

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Chris Pratt Clears the Air

In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, Chris Pratt discussed the film’s success and its future. As the film’s ending suggested, we are definitely getting a sequel for The Super Mario Bros. Movie. However, when we are getting it is not up in the air.

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Currently, the Writers Guild of America is engaging in a strike against the film and TV industry. They are fighting for higher pay due and residuals on content made for streaming. This strike has completely shaken up the film industry, and it looks like The Super Mario Bros. Movie sequel is also affected.

Strike Pushes Back ‘Mario’ Sequel

In his interview, Pratt explained what was happening with the development of the film, saying;

“We’re in the midst of this writers’ strike, and so everything has been paused and [put] on hold for the right reasons. I really do support the WGA and our writers. When the negotiations have been completed, and the writers feel comfortable moving forward, then it’ll be time to start talking about what’s next for that.”

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For now, it looks like Mario movie fans will have to be patient and wait for the strike to be concluded. This is undeniably a cause worth postponing a film for.

About Eva Miller

Eva was born and raised in the beautiful state of Oregon but has since relocated and lives in New York City. Since she was young, Eva has loved to perform in musicals, especially Disney ones! Through performing, Disney’s music became the soundtrack of her childhood. Today, Eva loves to write about all the exciting happenings for the Walt Disney Company. In her free time, Eva loves to travel, spend time in nature, and go to Broadway shows. Her favorite Disney movie is 'Lilo and Stitch,' and her favorite Park is Disney's Animal Kingdom.