The Super Mario Bros Movie sequel, which recently secured the second spot on the list of the most successful animated feature films of all time (with Frozen II still leading by approximately $130 million), has hit a roadblock as the writing of the script has been put on hold. The reason behind this pause is the ongoing writers’ strike in Hollywood, where the elite screenwriters are demanding better compensation for their work.

Chris Pratt, the voice of Mario, revealed in a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight that the entire production of the sequel has come to a standstill due to the strike. Pratt expressed his support for the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the writers involved in the strike, acknowledging their efforts to secure fairer deals.

“We’re in the midst of this writers’ strike, and so everything has been paused and put on hold for the right reasons,” Pratt explained. “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.”

The writers’ strike has been a topic of discussion in Hollywood for several weeks, with screenwriters demanding higher wages, better working conditions, and increased creative control over their projects. This strike has affected numerous film and television productions, causing delays and disruptions across the industry.

The success of the Super Mario Bros Movie, which was released earlier this year, has only heightened the anticipation for its sequel. Audiences worldwide have praised the film’s blend of nostalgia and modern storytelling, propelling it to the top of the box office charts. With the movie’s popularity at its peak, it is understandable that the production team wants to capitalize on Mario’s newfound popularity.

However, the striking writers are determined to advocate for their rights and improve the conditions under which they work. Their decision to halt production sends a strong message to the industry, highlighting the importance of fair compensation and recognition for the creative minds behind successful films.

The outcome of the writers’ strike remains uncertain, as negotiations between the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers continue. Until an agreement is reached and the writers are satisfied with the proposed terms, the Super Mario Bros Movie sequel, along with other affected projects, will remain in limbo.

Fans of the beloved video game franchise and the recent movie adaptation will have to exercise patience as the strike unfolds. Once the strike concludes and the writers are ready to resume work, discussions about the sequel can commence and fans can look forward to further adventures in the animated world of Super Mario Bros.

In the meantime, industry insiders and fans alike will be closely following the developments surrounding the writers’ strike, hoping for a resolution that benefits all parties involved and allows the production of highly anticipated projects, such as the Super Mario Bros Movie sequel, to resume.

Source: Screenrant