The rumored Donkey Kong movie does not yet have an official release date. Mario’s animated adventure is slated for December 21, 2022. If the report is accurate, the earliest we could reasonably expect to see another animated Nintendo feature is sometime in 2023.
Donkey Kong could be coming to the silver screen. On October 6, The Hashtag Show posted a story claiming Universal Studios and Nintendo are developing an animated movie starring Donkey Kong. Neither Nintendo nor Universal have confirmed the report, but it wouldn’t be totally surprising if Mario’s animated film kicked off a Nintendo cinematic universe. Here’s what we know about the animated Donkey Kong film.
Allegedly, the movie will follow Donkey Kong’s origins and ties into the beloved Donkey Kong Country games, initially released for the Super Nintendo in the 1990s. Presumably, this means it takes place prior to the animated Mario movie which features DK as a supporting character.
That said, even if the Hashtag Show report is accurate, the Donkey Kong movie could still be several years away. Variety first reported that Illumination was making a Mario movie in November 2017, but Nintendo did not make an official announcement until September 2021.
The Donkey Kong movie could tie into a Donkey Kong revival game rumored to be development by Nintendo EPD, the team behind Super Mario Odyssey,but that may turn out to be pure speculation. We’ll have to wait and see.